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The extremely rare sit-in by Democrats in the House chamber may have been, as Speaker Paul Ryan claimed, a "publicity stunt".Democrats are demanding that the House do its job: vote yes or no.One of the bills Democrats want the House to vote on should be a no-brainer: expanding background checks for gun purchases.Ryan called a recess and Republicans left the chamber, which meant that the C-Span cameras that televise House proceedings went dark; Democrats began streaming video of the sit-in via their cellphones.First, the tactic rallied Democrats in both chambers to the gun control cause and put Republicans on notice that the issue won't just go away.Whether you thought the sit-in was courageous or absurd, you paid attention.Third, and perhaps most important, the sit-in means that gun control will be an issue in the coming election. Democrats see the potential for winning both the White House and the Senate and making major gains in the House – but only if the party is united and enthusiastic.
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