Atlanta’s Congressman John Lewis is leading a sit-in today at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to demand that Republicans move on gun control legislation.
The unusual demonstration of civil disobedience was captured live on Periscope around 1:30 p.m.
Congressman Hank Johnson was among the 70 Democrats who participated in the sit-in.
“I’m on the House floor now holding a sit-in with John Lewis & my colleagues until we get a vote on legislation to curb gun violence,” Johnson said in a Facebook post.
The Orlando massacre is renewing the debate over gun control legislation. Democrats say they want Republicans to enact legislation to make it more difficult to buy guns.
“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make away out of no way. We have been too quiet for too long,” Lewis said. “Too many of our children, too many of our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, our friends, our cousins are dying by guns and we have to do something about it,” Lewis told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview.
Lewis said they have no intention of leaving the House Floor any time soon.