From the NYT:
A little bit of publicity for what was less than a publicity stunt and more of a necessary human reaction to obstruction of gun control. Any gun control.
This is where we are on gun control in this country. The Republican Party will even act against epidemiological research on gun violence. Polls on the other hand show huge majorities in support of (at the very least) limited gun control.
So what is a minority political party to do when yet another mass murder occurs and the reaction from the majority is always – we need to continue to alienate and kill those that don’t share a religion or a skin color or a level of prosperity with which we are familiar, but no, we will not take any positive action against a single weapon sale.
It is absolutely ridiculous for those of us that see what is going on. We can see how an incredible marketing ploy has joined in a symbiotic relationship with a major political party to act as a critical wedge issue that helps win elections.
But in the mean time people are dying in droves and we are being prevented from appropriate and very conservative reactions to an ongoing gun violence epidemic.
So kudos to Representative Lewis and fellow House Democrats and those Senators that joined in solidarity. Sometimes it is appropriate to break rules and decorum, and this was one of those instances. Thank you.
We all need to start standing up (or is it sitting down) to change the incredibly durable and vital frame the NRA has set up. This will happen, it’s just taking to long and too many are dying who should not have in the mean time.
Here is some of the media’s reaction:
(White) mansplaining by Representative Walker of … North Carolina.
Drudge this am: Near silence. It’s there in the bottom right.
The NYT gives the sit-in appropriate coverage: