Congress Stages Sit-In To Force Gun Control Vote

The U.S. Senate just went through one of it’s most embarrassing moments as it failed to pass any new laws on gun regulation following the deadly tragedy that was the Orlando shooting. The ball was dropped so far, that members from both sides of the aisle are working to make up for it by doing the unexpected.

To force House Republicans to pass some form of gun legislation, the House Democrats are being led by Rep. John Lewis D-Ga. in a sit-in in the middle of the chamber floor. Participants are growing to a number of more than 40 as time goes on and sharing their thoughts on the matter via social media. 

The Senate’s Failure To Pass Gun Laws Is An Embarrassment

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate completely failed to pass any of the four proposed amendments concerning gun laws in this country. They were concerned with gun sales, background checks, and the accessibility of weapons to those people on the government’s radar. Even after experiencing the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in recent U.S. history, the two sides found no room to compromise.

Ray Lewis Criticizes Black Lives Matter Movement

The two most common criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement have to be: 1) It implies that black lives matter most and 2) If black lives really mattered, black-on-black crime wouldn’t be an issue. There are easy defenses to both of these claims, but the questions seem to persist.

The latest person to ask them was former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. The future Hall of Famer posted a 10-minute video on his Facebook page that’s already been viewed more than 5 million times. He specifically cited violence in Chicago as an example of how bad things have gotten. 

Michelle Obama: “Hadiya Pendleton Was Me and I Was Her”

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Chicago yesterday and made an impassioned, deeply personal speech on the crisis of gun violence in Chicago and across the nation.

She became visibly and audibly emotional upon comparing herself to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year-old honor student gunned down on Chicago’s Southside earlier this year.

From the Huffington Post:

“Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her,” Mrs. Obama said.

REPORT: Sharp Increase in Anti-Government ‘Patriot Groups’

According to researchers at the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has been a sharp increase in anti-government “patriot groups” opposed to the Obama Administration and gun control.

The numbers have surged from 149 groups in 2008 to 1,360 today.

It is believed that the election and relection of the first black president, as well as the economic downturn, have spurred the rising numbers.

New NRA Ad Specifically Targets Black Community; Links Civil Rights Struggle w/ Gun Ownership

The NRA has launched a campaign that specifically targets the Black Community.

The campaign attempts to link the civil rights movement with gun ownership, suggesting that African Americans should own guns for protection against the government.

They also assert that gun violence in black communities is caused by “culture,” not the prevalence of guns.

Hadiya Pendleton’s Mother Featured in New Gun Control Ad

Cleopatra Cowley – mother of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton – is featured in a public service announcement calling for gun control.

The ad, paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, specifically cites universal background checks as a necessary, commonsense reform.

Cowley also breifly details the tragic circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death.

Cornell West: Gun Control Only Becomes An Issue When “Vanillia” People Get Shot

Appearing on his Smiley & West show with Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornell West pulled no punches while discussing the current national conversation surrounding gun control.

While he’s happy the discussion is happening at all, he laments the fact that it takes white people getting shot for the debate to be taken seriously.