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Watch Live: Democrats Stage House Floor Sit-In On Gun Vote

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House Democrats are staging an ongoing chamber sit-in, calling for further debate and a vote on gun control issues.  

WATCH LIVE The chamber cameras, which are under control of the House leadership, are not showing the sit-in. Those cameras are also what feeds C-SPAN.  

Americans Starkly Divided on Interpretation of Orlando Massacre
Poll: Republicans call it terrorism, Democrats say it was domestic gun violence

A member of the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office wheels a body out of Pulse Nightclub where an ISIS-inspired gunman killed at least 50 people on Sunday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

If you think the murder of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub was an act terrorism, you're probably a Republican.  

That's according to a Gallup poll released Friday, which showed that Republicans and Democrats have starkly different interpretations of the worst mass shooting in America's history.  

Out of Options, Obama Now a Bystander in Gun Debate
No indications president will take new action on his own; He will visit Orlando on Thursday, however

A member of the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office wheels a body out of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where an ISIS-inspired gunman killed at least 49 people on Sunday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

White House aides and experts on gun control said Monday the Obama administration is not mulling any new executive actions, dramatically increasing the odds that federal gun laws will go unchanged after Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando .  

That means a president who has pushed hard for legislative overhauls of gun laws and even acted alone to implement restrictions is essentially leaving the matter to be decided in November. Out of room to maneuver, Obama appears unlikely to choose between new executive actions and what's best for his political party.

Clinton: Gun Laws and Terrorism are Connected
Calls Trump's response to Orlando shooting 'dangerous'

Hillary Clinton on Monday called for a "return to common-sense gun safety reform," saying in a CNN interview that the issues of lax gun laws and terrorism were "connected" by the mass shooting in Orlando.  

"We've got to take the fight to the terrorists wherever they are in order to keep ourselves safe at home," she said. "But we also have to be conscious of the fact that a lot of folks who have no connections to terrorism  are using these weapons to murder and maim people as well."  

U.S. to Seek Death Penalty in South Carolina Mass Shooting
Dylann Roof is charged in the shooting of nine Africian-Americans at Bible study

Dylann Roof is charged in the killings of nine black parishioners during a Bible study last year in South Carolina. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

The Justice Department will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the suspect in a mass shooting at a South Carolina church last year that prosecutors allege was racially motivated.  

Roof, 22, who is white, allegedly opened fire at a Bible study last June 17 in Charleston, killing nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church.