Rep. Dingell To House Democrats: "I Know What It's Like" To Be Threatened With Gun Violence

Jun 24, 2016

Credit Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell made an impassioned speech for gun control legislation during a sit-in at the U.S. House Thursday morning.


House Democrats staged a 25 hour sit-in at the Capitol to demand a vote on gun control legislation. During the protest, Dingell spoke to fellow Congress members about her own experience with gun violence.

“...and we still live in a society where we will let a convicted felon who is stalking somebody of domestic abuse, still own a gun."

In an interview with WEMU, she says now is the time for action to limit incidents of gun violence.

“I think that people are tired of seeing horrific scenes. I think people like myself are worried about the level of violence that is considered normal in this country, and that they’re finding a way to try to bring people together to have [this] conversation.”

Dingell says the sit-in and her speech have received more attention than she expected. House Democrats used Twitter and streaming video apps to broadcast the protest online after a live C-SPAN feed was cut off by House Speaker Paul Ryan.  

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— Amanda LeClaire is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her