‘Radical Islam!’ shouts interrupt Dem. House sit-in over gun control

Thursday, June 23, 2016
By Paul Martin

23 Jun, 2016

A war of words erupted on the House floor in Washington on Wednesday as dozens of Democrats staged a sit-in to push for votes on gun-control bills. Tensions flared when Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas derailed the debate shouting “Radical Islam!”

Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” holding pieces of paper with the names of victims of gun violence across the US. The challenge was to convince Republicans to hold votes on bills designed to step up background checks and ban gun purchases to suspected terrorists in the wake of the Orlando nightclub attack, the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

The confrontation between the Democrats and Republicans nearly turned physical when Gohmert began yelling, “radical Islam killed these people, ISIS killed these people,” CBSNews reported.

Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida started shouting back at the Republican. Lawmakers from both parties rushed to separate the two as they appeared about to come to blows.

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