One of the big stories of the past week happened Wednesday when House Democrats held a sit-in on the floor of Congress as a protest for more gun control. Among the measures they wanted put into law was expanded background checks and for anybody listed on the “no-fly” list — which a court found unconstitutional in 2014 — to be prohibited from legally purchasing a firearm.
The mantra for House Democrats became “no-fly, no-buy” and on Twitter, their mantra, in light of their promise not to rest until they got a what they wanted was #nobillnobreak.
This was all in response to Omar Mateen attack on a nightclub in Orlando which killed 49 and injured 53. Critics pointed out that Mateen passed a comprehensive background check and was not on the “no-fly” list. They also charged numerous Democrats with hypocrisy after it came to light that 26 of the sit-in participants are gun owners themselves.
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Heat Street went through 2013 USA Today data on congressional firearm ownership and discovered 26 congressional Democrats owned guns and 12 more refused to answer if they do.
The full list of House Democrats participating in the sit-in who own guns include:
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Rep. Jared Huffman, Rep. Jim Cooper, Rep. Jim Costa, Rep. John Carney, Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Mike Thompson, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Rick Nolan, Rep. Ron Kind, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Gary Peters, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Tim Kaine, Sen. Tom Carper
Heat Street has a comprehensive list of past statements and tweets these lawmakers have said about guns and gun owners, including Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., going so far as to accuse the NRA of trying to “make $ dealing death.”
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) March 16, 2016
h/t: Heat Street