Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas yelled at House Democrats who were participating in the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in on June 22 (video below).
Democrat Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, led about 40 Democrats in the sit-in to protest Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan who has refused to bring a gun control bill up for a vote, notes NBC News.
Gohmert responded by shouting at the Democrats about the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida: "Radical Islam! We are talking about radical Islam! Radical Islam killed these people!”
The Democrats shouted back, "No fly, no buy!" in reference to their bill that would not allow people on the terrorist no-fly list to buy guns.
The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, did pledge his allegiance to ISIS on the night of the shooting, but FBI Director James Comey said on June 13: "So far, we see no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network. We're highly confident this killer was radicalized at least in some part through the internet," noted Reuters.
Comey also said that Mateen, who was an American citizen born in New York, mentioned his support for the Boston Marathon bombers and an al Nusra suicide bomber; al Nusra is an enemy of ISIS.
ThinkProgress reports that Mateen said he was a member of Hezbollah three years ago, an Islamic group that is at war with ISIS and al Nusra.
During an interview with Fox News on June 23, Gohmert said the Democrats had taken over microphones in the House. However, Ryan had those microphones turned off very early, along with C-SPAN coverage, which continued via live streaming by some Democrats using apps on their cell phones.
Gohmert said Lewis and the others were trying to take away people's civil rights and asserted that controlling immigration was the way to stop terrorism: "If this administration would protect us from people coming in, then we wouldn't have to worry about a thousand people" on the no-fly list.
ThinkProgress noted a 2015 study that found right-wing extremists are seven more times likely to kill Americans than Muslim terrorists.
Rep. Louie Gohmert On Fox News