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U.S. Congressman John Lewis Advocates For Gun Control During Visit To Houston

The civil rights icon participated in a forum held at Texas Southern University, along with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

U.S. Congressman John Lewis participated in a forum about gun control held at Texas Southern University.
U.S. Congressman John Lewis participated in a forum about gun control held at Texas Southern University.

U.S. Congressman John Lewis participated in a forum about gun control held Tuesday at Texas Southern University, along with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Both lawmakers advocated for more background checks and Lewis, who is an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, said it is possible there will be another massive sit-in like the one he started back in June.

At that time, he and other members of Congress were trying to force a vote on gun control in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I cannot stand here right now and tell you that before we leave and we go back for the lame duck session that we will not have any action. If the spirit moves us, if the spirit tells us to stand up by sitting down, we would do it,” Lewis said during a press conference held after the forum.

Several women who have lost children because of gun violence shared their stories with the audience during the event.

Kathy Blueford-Daniels, who is a member of the group Black, Latino, Asian, Caucasian Mourners of Murder, was one of them.

Her son Patrick Charles Murphy was killed in 2006.

Blueford-Daniels supports background checks, but says future laws must also address other issues, such as situations that involve “people buying guns out of the back of cars, from the homeboys, at gun shows, etcetera.”

Lewis and Jackson Lee also said they are worried about the Texas law that allows students with gun permits to carry their firearms on university campuses.

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