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House Speaker ‘Will Not Tolerate’ Another Gun-Control Protest

Speaker Paul Ryan is vowing to stop Democratic representatives from staging any more sit-ins on the House floor as part of their effort to enact gun-control legislation.

According to The Hill, the Wisconsin Republican told WISN that he “will not tolerate” a repeat of the tactic after Congress returns from its Fourth of July recess. Ryan called last week’s protest, which disrupted official business for more than 24 hours, “a low moment for the people’s House.” He added: “We are not going to handle it the same way. We will not take this.”

The speaker’s warning is not deterring the Democrats, who plan to conduct another sit-in next week to demand action in response to mass shootings like the June 12 massacre in Orlando, Fla., that resulted in 50 deaths. They want the federal criminal-background-check system to be expanded to include firearms buyers who make their purchases online and at gun shows. Another proposal is to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from legally obtaining guns.

“The American people will not tolerate Speaker Ryan continuing to surrender the gavel to the National Rifle Association,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “It’s time for Speaker Ryan to end the obstruction and allow a vote on bipartisan, commonsense gun legislation that will save lives.”

Source: The Hill
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