House Democrats stood up on the floor of the chamber Tuesday and staged a sit-in to force a vote on gun violence. Civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis of Georgia led the group of Democrats in sitting on the chamber floor. Lewis said while surrounded by his fellow Democrats, “We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the concerns of our nation,” adding “How many more mothers, how many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something?” Lewis said, banging his fist on the podium, “There comes a time when you have to make a little noise,” adding “Now is the time to get in the way. We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over!”. After making his statements Lewis and the rest of the Democrats sat on the chamber floor. On Monday, four gun policy measures failed to pass the 60-vote threshold to move from the Senate to the House, following a 15-hour filibuster by Senate Democrats who demanded action on gun control.