Welch Discusses Why He Joined House Floor Sit-In Over Gun Control

Jun 27, 2016

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined fellow Democrats in a protest on the House floor that ultimately stretched 25 hours, and put a spotlight on the national debate over federal gun laws. He joins us on Vermont Edition on Monday to explain why he participated in the sit-in, and what he wants to happen next.

On Wednesday, Welch said of the sit-in, "this thing has just expanded into something that I think really reflects the enormous frustration the American people have with the inability of Congress to even have a discussion about common-sense gun legislation." The protest continued through the night, prompting Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to call the Congress into recess a few days ahead of a scheduled break.

We speak with Welch about what, if anything, the sit-in changed in the gun debate, the substance of the gun bills that haven't been acted on, and what Democrats will do next when Congress returns after the July Fourth recess.

Broadcast live on Monday, June 27, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.