Civil Rights veteran and Democratic Congressman John Lewis stages a sit-in in Congress
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Gun-control protest sparks chaotic scenes in US Congress
There have been chaotic scenes in the lower house of the US Congress
as Democrats staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun control legislation.
The sit-in is being led by congressman John Lewis, a veteran of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
"What has this body done [to respond to the violence]?'' Mr Lewis asked.
"Nothing. We have turned a deaf ear to the blood of innocents. We are blind to a crisis. Where is our courage? How many more mothers... and fathers need to shed tears of grief?"
"'Lewis is the only living "Big Six" leader of the Civil Rights Movement, having been the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), playing a key role in the struggle to end legalized racial discrimination and segregation. A member of the Democratic Party, Lewis is a member of the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives " Source: Wikipedia.
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