Target: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan
Goal: Denounce House Republicans for shutting off the C-Span cameras after Democrats took the floor to protest a lack of any vote on gun control.
Republicans shut off the cameras allowing citizens to watch House proceedings after Democrats started a sit-in to protest the fact that their fellows across the aisle are refusing to even bring any gun control measures to a vote. It’s one thing to be against gun control, but to refuse to bring any legislation on the subject to a vote is undemocratic, and to shut off the C-Span cameras during a protest like this is clearly censorship.
Democrats like John Lewis are standing up for what they believe in by staging this sit-in, which has now gone on for more than 24 hours. It’s a move based on our nation’s democracy and the constitutional right to protest. Turning off the cameras in an attempt to stop Americans from seeing it happen is a shameful attempt to censor any discussion on an issue that’s affected the lives of millions of people in the country.
No politicians should be allowed to try and cut off America’s view into the political process of those the people elected just because something is happening that they don’t approve of or that is an inconvenience to them. This sit-in has historic implications no matter what anyone thinks of gun control, and the American people have a right to know about it. Sign our petition to denounce the House Republicans for trying to keep the people in the dark.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
The behavior of your Republicans during the recent protest staged by Democrats against the lack of action on gun control including the refusal to even bring the issue to a vote has been appalling. In particular, the fact that you turned off C-Span as the sit-in began is undemocratic and wrong. You were effectively trying to cut the American people off from the democratic process.
The people have a right to know what is happening between the people they elected to lead in Congress. Just because the Democrats did something that was inconvenient for you and disrupted your usual process of refusing to bring ideas you don’t like to a vote doesn’t mean you can attempt to cover it up.
It’s bad enough that you refuse to even vote on any of the gun control measures supported by over 90 percent of American citizens. A futile attempt to keep Americans from finding out about this sit-in is disgraceful. We demand that you commit to real American democracy and pledge to never again shut off C-Span during a protest or any other event. C-Span is not for you to control.
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