Democrats Disrupt House of Representatives Again

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., third from left, accompanied by, from left, House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of S.C., left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep, Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and others, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, after House Democrats ended their sit-in protest. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Democrats disrupted the House of Representatives again Thursday in another terrible twos-like temper tantrum thrown over the Republicans preventing them from further suppressing our Constitutional rights to due process and keep and bear arms. The Democrats, who held a House Rules-Breaking Occupy the House sit-in last month, started showing up on the House floor Thursday afternoon and took turns showing photos of victims of crimes committed with guns and asking that the House bring up the Democrats’ flawed so-called gun control bills. As each request was rejected, another Democratic  would stand and repeat the request. The Democrats did this for about two hours before Republicans stopped them.

Speaker Paul Ryan said that Republicans are still working on a package of anti-terrorism bills that includes gun legislation, but “We’re not going to rush it . . . We’re going to get it right.” That was after Conservatives voiced concerns with the bill Ryan was planning to bring to the floor. The Heritage Foundation announced its opposition to Ryan’s bill Thursday, stating the “House Leadership is now putting forth a bill, without any committee consideration, impacting American citizens’ Second Amendment rights to have firearms, presumably in an effort to placate Democrats for their floor antics. Such a move essentially rewards Democrats with a debate on gun control after completely upending the regular order of the House.”

As we reported on Saturday, Ryan is considering how to address Democrats disruptions on the House floor. The speaker and Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, have met with the House parliamentarian, reviewed video of the Democrats’ sit-in and are considering disciplinary action, including reprimands. He should get on with the discipline. Doing nothing is just encouraging the Democrats’ misbehavior.