The National Rifle Association’s radio show compared participants in a sit-in in the U.S. House of Representatives being led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) to “criminals and terrorists” reasoning that like terrorists, the sit-in participants were not following the rules.
During the June 22 broadcast of the NRA’s radio show Cam & Company, as the sit-in proceeded, host Cam Edwards claimed, “So in order to push legislation that the sponsors say would not have prevented the attacks in Orlando, Florida, they’re also going to flout the House rules. Kind of like, you know, criminals and terrorists flout the rules that we have in place right now and will continue to do so?”
Representative Linda Sanchez was not amused:
LINDA SANCHEZ (D-CA): The NRA has painted Democrats today as criminals for calling a House vote on gun control legislation. Well the question that I have for the NRA is what is what is my crime by asking for the safety of my child and all children? And what about the rights of thousands of people who have lost their lives to gun violence and the families who have to grieve and pick up the pieces in the aftermath. How we can stand here and not even hold a vote on sensible gun legislation after what happened in Orlando boggles my mind.