For almost 26 hours, Democrats chanted, memorialized and demanded two gun-control bills be called for a vote. Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky says Congress has had far too many moments of silence for victims of mass shootings.
Rep. Schakowsky represents part of Chicago and the Northern Suburbs. She talked with WBEZ from a coat room in the chamber.
“We had our 27th moment of silence for the murdered people in Orlando. Twenty-seven moments of silence since Sandy Hook," said Schakwosky. "And that doesn’t count all of the people who are killed every weekend, really every day in the city of Chicago. Those every day massacres are calling out for some solution," she said.
The bills Democrats want called would ban someone on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun, and expand background checks. Watch the speech she gave on the House floor below: