A tragedy in Orlando grips the U.S. House
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dan Webster, the Orlando-area Republican, just happened to hold the gavel Wednesday morning as Democrats approached the well and began their sit-in over a gun control.
It was a random coincidence but notable in an extraordinary day on Capitol Hill provoked by the tragedy in Orlando.
"We will not leave the floor of this House until this Congress takes action,” Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa said earlier in the day. "Otherwise, why are we here? Why are we here? Moments of silence? Let's not be silent any longer. ... " She was joined at various times by the rest of Florida's Democratic delegation.
At one point, Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville got into a shouting match with Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, who approached the Democrats and yelled, "Radical Islam!"
"The two came within inches of each other, both yelling, and were separated by colleagues," the AP reported.
And, late Wednesday, a Republican. Rep. David Jolly was trying to rally support for his bill that seeks to satisfy Democratic and Republican aims in passing a "no fly, no buy" bill to cut off gun purchases from terrorist suspects, such as the Orlando gunman.