gun violence prevention

Pro-Gun Control Democrats Prep for Trump, GOP Congress
Democrats pushing to address gun violence remain hopeful

Connecticut lawmakers, from left, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, have been pushing Congress to address gun violence. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats pressing for legislation to address gun violence are reassessing their strategy after a year in which they staged high-visibility demonstrations in the House and Senate to demand action.

With Republicans in control of both chambers and the White House next year, Democrats and advocates predict they will have to pivot and block measures that expand gun owners’ rights. 

Democrats Take to House Floor on Gun Violence (Again)
 

Democrats lined up at the podium Wednesday seeking unanimous consent on a bill that would expand background checks for firearm purchases. After several attempts to bring votes on gun control to the House floor this summer, did Republicans budge?

Democrats 'Not Worried' About Punishment for House Sit-In, Hoyer Says
McCarthy says 'appropriate measure' is coming soon

Indiana Rep. André Carson conducted an interview via FaceTime on the East Front of the Capitol after House Democrats ended their sit-in in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans may soon take action to condemn or punish Democrats for breaking House rules during a June sit-in on the floor to protest gun violence, but Democrats are not fretting about it, House Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday. 

"I don't know what they're investigating, but in any event, I don't think we're worried," the Maryland Democrat said. 

Democrats Plan Dozens of Events Wednesday to Protest Gun Violence
National day of action comes a week after a sit-in on the House floor

House Democrats leave the Capitol after last week's sit-in. Many are hosting gun control events through the country Wednesday.  ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, they're taking their message to the people and holding dozens of events Wednesday throughout the country as part of a national day of action against gun violence.   

"Tomorrow, listen to the stories of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. "Listen to the heartbreak that ripples through a community with each gun death. We owe them more than thoughts and prayers and moments of silence. We owe them a vote in the House on commonsense, life-saving legislation that will prevent more families from experiencing their suffering."