WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A Westchester County congressman proved prominent in the sit-in held by Democrats on the House of Representatives floor Wednesday in protest of the organization’s inability to reach an agreement on gun control issues in light of recent shootings.
Westchester Congressman Eliot Engel was one of dozens of Democrats to insist that the House votes on gun control legislation, with Republicans resisting a vote, prompting to the sit-in.
“I’m very proud to be part of this body, and I’ve never been more proud than I am now. I want to thank my colleagues here who are expressing their solidarity,” he said to the crowd. “In the past decade, 428 times as many Americans have been killed as opposed to terrorists.
“That is a shameful statistic. On the Foreign Affairs Committee, we often talk to other countries and they don’t understand why there are so many homicides in America. They cannot understand how easy it is to get guns in America.”
Many Democratic House members spent hours in the chamber, in an effort to force a vote on gun control following several controversial incidents in the past few weeks.
According to reports, both sides of the argument have had staff bring in food, pillows and sleeping bags. The Democrats also have the support of the White House.