For Paul Ryan yesterday’s sit-in was a publicity stunt, for John Lewis it was civil disobedience.
John Lewis is a legend, he is a living testament to our Civil Rights Movement. 55 Years ago, he was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi. He was nearly beaten to death during the march on Selma. He has been a Congressman from Georgia since 1987. John Lewis has been referred to as the conscience of the House of Representatives. Yesterday, he gave us all a reminder of what this issue is all about.
The last 24 hours saw for the first time a sit-in to protest for the American people, the lack of movement forward to pass any legislation to protect our nation against the scourge of gun violence that has reached epidemic proportions in this country. In a historic moment, the Honorable John Lewis led a sit-in, in the House of Representatives. He presented his case, by claiming that it was a moral imperative to do something to provide safety, for our fellow citizens. Lewis put it all in human terms reminding us of how all of those who have died were someone’s child, relative and friend.
If we do not do something now, when? Someone has to speak for the dead and for those who may die in the future if we do nothing. The issue is not going away and John Lewis is not going anywhere either. He and his fellow democrats will be back after the July the 4th holiday. We should welcome the renewal of our spirit and our willingness to stand up for what is right. No, Mr. Ryan this is not a publicity stunt it is in fact an act of civil disobedience. Enough is enough!