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Granite State Lawmakers Show Solidarity on Gun Reform

Granite State Democrats held a sit-in at the State House on Thursday to show solidarity with Democrats who were blocking business in the U.S. House to demand action on gun control measures. (via Twitter/katbeep).
Granite State Democrats held a sit-in at the State House on Thursday to show solidarity with Democrats who were blocking business in the U.S. House to demand action on gun control measures. (via Twitter/katbeep).
June 24, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. – Democratic lawmakers in the Granite State echoed the national scene on Thursday when they staged a sit-in at the State House to show solidarity with lawmakers who were blocking business on the floor of the U.S. House.

Rep. Katherine Rogers helped organize the action. She says the Granite State is not perfect, but at least it gives those in the minority the right to a vote on their proposals.

"In New Hampshire, you know, although we are in the minority, no bill gets put aside or swept under the rug,” she states. “We have the respect of every member, be they minority or majority, and we think that respect needs to go to Washington."

After a sit-in that lasted about 24 hours, Democrats ended their protest in the U.S. House on Thursday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan remained defiant, telling USA Today that the House is not going to allow such stunts to stop lawmakers from carrying out the people's business.

Rogers says there are few business matters in Congress that even come close to the importance of getting a handle on gun violence in the United States.

"Speaker Ryan didn't even have a vote so they can go on vacation while people are dying and being killed every day – not just from mass shootings but in general shootings – and just go on vacation until July 5th while people are sitting on the floor of the House," she points out.

Gov. Maggie Hassan joined about a dozen Democratic state representatives in their solidarity sit-in. Hassan favors expanded background checks and restricting those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns.

She is challenging Republican Kelly Ayotte this fall for her U.S. Senate seat.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH