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Explaining the US House Sit-in Over Gun Control

In staging a sit-in pushing for a vote on gun control legislation, U.S. House Democrats said they were raising public awareness about what they contend is a crisis of violence. House Republicans denounced the action as a publicity stunt and an affront to the legislative process. What happened? Spurred on by the June 12 mass shooting that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two dozen House Democrats plunked themselves down on the floor of their Capitol Hill chamber...

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