Today, Congressional Democrats attempted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. One of the key rules of the act is that those convicted of domestic violence cannot legally obtain a firearm.
This provision is a bridge too far for NRA supporting Republicans. GOP congresspeople booed and attempted to shout down Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) as she attempted to discuss the provision.
The booing began after Dingell stated:
“But all this does — we’re not taking away due process! All this does is say that if someone has been convicted — CONVICTED — as an intimate partner, that they would not have access to a gun. And if someone has been CONVICTED of stalking.”
Dingell reminded everyone that her deceased husband, former congressman John Dingell, had served on the NRA’s board. She then went on to warn, “Do not let the NRA bully you.”
The pleas fell on deaf ears. The GOP congresspeople cheered when Dingell was told that her time had expired. The time limit did not stop her though, as she got in one more dagger, saying, “Well, I’m gonna keep talking. You know what? YOU CAN’T SHOUT DOWN A WOMAN!”
In the end, the shouting Republicans lost the battle. The House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act by a margin of 263-158.
Watch a video of Dingell’s speech below:
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.