Americans' right to own firearms came under attack in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday as a group of Democratic members disrupted the Republican-led chamber's proceedings to force a vote on gun control.
"The Second Amendment needs some changing, because Americans don't agree with it and we've had it," Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., declared, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.
"We're not going to watch any more people in this country get slaughtered and do nothing."
The nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers who took control of the House floor are calling for a ban on selling weapons to those on terrorist watch lists. The members refused to leave until a vote was called, forcing a recess in normal business.
Doyle, a 20-year House veteran from Pittsburgh, has cosponsored numerous gun safety bills, including two intended to close loopholes regarding gun sales, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, and the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act.
The lawmaker's comment Wednesday suggests he has changed his stance on the Second Amendment. Speaking with Pittsburgh's local public-radio station
in January, Doyle said, "I don't know that anybody is talking about closing off the Second Amendment or restricting American's rights to purchase a firearm."
On his official website,
Doyle remarks on the lack of success on getting gun control legislation through Congress.
"The Senate began consideration of gun control legislation in April, but the Senate leadership pulled the bill when it looked like it was headed for defeat; this maneuver allows the Senate to take up the bill again at a later date," Doyle says. "The House leadership has refused to schedule any gun safety legislation to date."
Reaction to the report of Doyle's call for changing the Second Amendment was varied on Twitter.
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