#GoodTrouble: Michelle Obama, in Rare Step, Weighs In on House Sit-In over Gun Control
The first lady stamped her approval on a tweet from Rep. John Lewis – who on Wednesday launched the sit-in protesting for a House vote on gun control legislation – that said: “We got in trouble. We got in the way. Good trouble. Necessary Trouble. By sitting-in, we were really standing up. #NoBillNoBreak.”
“So proud of everyone who stood up by sitting down. #GoodTrouble,” Obama tweeted in response to Lewis’ statement.
Taking a rare political stand, the first lady followed up with several more tweets calling for stricter gun control:
“We have grieved for too many children and wept for too many families after shootings. Chicago. Tucson. Newtown. Charleston. Orlando. #Enough.”
“If there is even one step we can take to save just one life from gun violence, then we have a moral obligation to try. #Enough.”
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“It is time to come together and do something worthy of the memory of those we have lost and the future we want for our children. #Enough -mo.”
Her tweets come on the heels of an overnight sit-in that ended Thursday afternoon following 25 hours of chanting for change on the House floor. The move failed to secure a vote on the gun control measures House Democrats hoped for, but protesters, including Lewis, have vowed to keep fighting after the nearly two-week-long recess House Speaker Paul Ryan called early Thursday.
“We must never ever give up or give in,” Lewis tweeted. “We must keep the faith. We must come back here on July 5 more determined than ever before.”