Total Sit Show in Congress - Gun Control Showdown

June 23, 2016 - Arsenio Hall 06/23/2016 Views: 1,593

Democratic lawmakers launch a dramatic sit-in on the House floor in response to congressional inaction on gun control, and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cries foul. (9:01)

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Okay, last week,a massacre in Orlando

forced a Senate filibuster

that forced a voteon gun control legislation

that forced, well, nothing.


that didn't stop the issuefrom moving, yesterday,

to the floor of Congress

to the literal floorof the House.

A showdown over gun controlplaying out right now.

Democratic lawmakersare staging a sit-in

on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Yeah, a good old-fashionedsit-in.

-That's right.-(cheering)

Yeah, man,that's what I'm talking about.

I call that a total throwbackThursday power move.

And it really beats the photoof me with bleached tips

and a soul patch from 2003.


You win, Democrats.

(laughs):You win, man.

Oh, my God, I know.

Now the sit-in endedearlier today,

but you may be asking yourself,

"Well,what is a sit-in anyway?"

Okay, so here nowwith the history of sit-ins

is our very own Holly Walker.

-(laughs softly)-(cheers and applause)

-Thanks, Larry.-Sure.

The history of sittingis a fascinating tale

dating all the way backto the Neolithic period.

According to anthropologistsat the University of Emory,

the moment of discoverywent something like this.

Me want to get closer to fire.

(grunts)What if me bend leg?

-Oh... Oh... Ah...-Oh... Oh...

Uh, Holly. Holly.

-Holly, Holly.-(cavemen grunting)

Uh, hang on a second, Holly.

Uh, I asked about the historyof sit-ins.

Um, you thought I wantedthe history of sitting?

No, no, no. No, no.

You said sitting.

-You definitely said sitting.-No. No, no, no, no, no.

Hol-Holly, we-we don't havethat kind of time.

Well, that wasa $12,000 mistake.


I guess I'll just tellthe gladiators to go home.

Seriously, what the (bleep).

Like, we were in makeupfor, like, two hours

-for this (bleep).-What?!

-Not cool.-Don't blame me.

Yeah, this is glued on.


Anyway, all right.

Okay, here...

During the 1960Civil Rights Movement,

sit-ins were a formof civil disobedience

where people... sat.

-Okay, um...-(laughter)

Guess I didn't reallyneed Holly, I guess.

I don't know.

Okay, so anyhow,C-SPAN was there

to capture every momentof this impassioned plea

for gun control sanity.

MAN: The Republicans turned off the cameras to the House floor.

Those cameras are controlledby House leadership.


The Republicans control C-SPAN?

Ah. You know what?

I guess that explains whywhen I turn on C-SPAN now,

it's mostly this.


Why has TiVo never suggested that to me?

I don't want another episodeof Royal Pains, TiVo.


Give me the gun ladies, please.

All right, so without C-SPAN,

lawmakers were forcedto broadcast their outrage

via apps like Periscope.

And let me tell you something,they took 'em to church.

I say to the Speaker,

you need to do your job.

We need to ban all weapons.

-We have got to say,this is not about us. -No.

This is bigger than us!

That's right. Amen.

-Mm-hmm.-(cheering, applause)

Preach it, Elijah.

Preach it. Preach it.

Now, now, yield the remainderof your time to Jesus.


(Larry mumbling)

Yeah, I think they really got athing about air-conditioning

in black churches,I'm just saying.

I'm saying.Just, uh, yeah.

Just-just up the gameto the 21st century there.

All right.(laughs)

But, uh, but this sit-in

was more than an afternoonin church.

This was a serious way forDemocrats to show their anger

with the state of gun controlin this country.

And I know that's truebecause this was the guy

leading the congregation.

Now is the timeto get in the way.

Give us a vote.

-That's right.-Let us vote.

We came here to do our job.

Yeah, representative and...

-(cheering)-That's right.

That's right. Yep.

Representative and mother(bleep)Civil Rights legend

John mother(bleep) Lewis, y'all.


You don't mess with John Lewis.

That man knows how to sit-in.


You bring him only three piecesof shrimp in his shrimp scampi,

and he'll wait you out

until you bring himthat fourth shrimp.

"No shrimp, no peace."Very good.


But with John Lewis in charge,

I was surprised to readthis tweet

from Republican CongressmanMark Walker.

"Calling this a sit-inis a disgrace to Woolworths.

"They sat-in for rights.

Dems are sitting-into strip them away."

Okay, first of all,a disgrace to Woolworths?

Excuse me, Mr. Walker, you doremember that black people

weren't allowed to sit at thecounter at Woolworths, yes?

Woolworths weren'tthe victims here.

That's like tweeting"The attack on Pearl Harbor

was such a tragedyfor those torpedoes."


Which brings usto House Speaker Paul Ryan

who interrupted his eveningP90X cool down...




Ooh, yeah.

(laughs): ...uh, to scoldhis Democratic colleagues.

WOMAN: Speaker Ryan lambasting the move

as political theater.

This is nothing morethan a publicity stunt.

A publicity stunt?

This an impassioned cry againstan epidemic of violence

plaguing our country, wrappedinside a publicity stunt.


That's more thanpolitical theater.

Unlike the Senate's fallproduction of My Fair Lady.


Let me tell you something,let me tell you something.

Dianne Feinstein was arevelation as Eliza Doolittle.

Let me just say.Let me just say.

Although is thatMitch McConnell as Higgins?

Is that right?

(with twang):Uh, then the rain in Spain...

it fal... it falls mainlyon the plain.

I don't...If you insist, right.

But as per his job title,

Speaker Ryankept on speaking.

We are not going to take awaya citizen's due process rights.

Okay, so here's the deal--Ryan's not wrong,

even if he's saying it becausehe's gotten almost $37,000

from the NRAwhile being in Congress.

Uh, we've mentionedthat no-fly, no-buy

involves secret liststhat are rife with problems

and disproportionately affectbrown people.

And even peoplewith some familiar names.

People end up on no-fly liststhat should not be on there,

like the lateSenator Ted Kennedy

-Right. -and alsoRepresentative John Lewis.

The (bleep).

John Lewiswas on the no-fly list?

Sit-in John Lewis?

America's tush laureate,if you will.

(sighs)So he's advocating for a bill

that would do awaywith due process

that could unfairly targetbrown people,

like John Lewis,who was unfairly targeted.

(frustrated groaning)

All right, look.

As far as I'm concerned,this entire sit-in,

though well intentioned,was for a flawed law.

Hey, Democrats, I agreewe should be taking action

and getting things done,but let's also take the time

to think things through.

Taking away people'sConstitutional rights

because it makes us feel betteris not the right thing to do.

I mean, sure, it's easy tojustify because it's about guns,

but that's just what it's abouttoday. And for the Republicans,

when almost 90% of Americansagree on something

like background checks,you need to shut the (bleep) up

and get something done.



Can you... Please,

can you promise me this,both sides?

There's so much common ground

to be found on this issue.

Instead of a sit-in can you havea do-in, and do something?

Maybe? Please?


Um, what say you?

The House is going onto a recess, not gonna

come back into session,actually, until after July 4.

Oh, Jesus.

We gonna be here a long time.We'll be right back.

-♪ -(cheering, applause)