Gun control

Congresswoman at Democratic sit-in: “I know what it’s like to see a gun pointed at you”

Hours before the Democrats ended their sit-in at the House of Representatives without forcing a vote on gun control, Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, gave a moving speech about how she had experienced gun violence firsthand in her life.

“I lived in a house with a man that should not have had a gun,” she said in a chilling address that was met with thunderous applause. “I know what it’s like to see a gun pointed at you and wonder if you are going to live. I know what it’s like to hide in a closet and pray to God, ‘Do not let anything happen to me.’”

Watch the speech in the video below, and if the video player does not appear to be working in your browser, watch at CSPAN.

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Last year, Dingell proposed a bill to strengthen gun laws for domestic abusers. Currently, it is illegal for those convicted of domestic assault to buy or own a gun, but the law doesn’t apply to those who are awaiting conviction.

Read the full story in The Huffington Post.

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