A Facebook post by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina that comments on the sit-in by House Democrats to force a vote on gun control measures has gone viral.
Democrat members are certainly free to stage a sit-in and shut down House floor activities as they have done. What would be infinitely more productive would be asking this Administration and the Department of Justice in particular why prosecutions of current gun law violations have decreased under their watch.
There are already broad categories of persons prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition and those lists go largely without prosecution. Now House Democrats are asking for yet another list of persons - this time without any due process rights - so this Administration can fail to enforce that list of laws too.
How does that make us safer?
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At least 170 lawmakers were part of the House sit-in that lasted more than 24 hours, according to CNN. The sit-in began because House Republicans refused to vote on measures that would expand background checks for gun purchasers and ban gun sales to people on the no-fly watch list. Democrats wanted them to do so before leaving on a scheduled week-long recess.
Gowdy’s Facebook post has received at least 57,000 reactions and been shared more than 27,800 times.
The same comment, shared on his Twitter account, has been retweeted 918 times and "favorited" by more than 1,000 users.
The Republican congressman’s call to look deeper into prosecutions of gun law violations and how the country’s current laws are enforced stems from his former work as a prosecutor.
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“As a federal prosecutor for six years, I prosecuted federal firearms violations. As a state prosecutor I saw the devastating effects of gun violence on countless victims—including children,” Gowdy’s Second Amendment statement on his website states. “I saw firsthand those who are criminally disposed will not be deterred by yet another federal firearms statute or regulation. It is my belief we must enforce existing gun laws and examine the culture of violence before we create new gun control laws.”
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who led the sit-in, does not plan on backing down on forcing a vote on new gun legislation when Congress returns to session July 5.
"We are going to win," Lewis said after the sit-in ended. "The fight is not over. This is just one step of [the plan;] when we come back here on July the 5th we're going to continue to push, to pull, to stand up, and if necessary, to sit down. So don't give up, don't give in. Keep the faith, and keep your eyes on the prize."