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Social Media Explodes As Democrats Lead Congress Sit-In For Gun Control Reform

"We can no longer be patient," Rep. John Lewis told a gathered crowd.

In an unprecedented move in modern political history, Democrats took over the floor of the House of Representatives in an effort to force the Republicans to allow a vote on gun-control legislation. Since 11:25 a.m. ET Wednesday morning (June 22), various party leaders have held a sit-in with a series of impassioned speeches.

Led by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta, over 170 Democrats joined the sit-in. "We can no longer wait," Lewis said from the House floor. "We can no longer be patient. So today, we come to the well of the House to dramatize the need for action. Not next month, not next year, but now—today. Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way.

"We have been too quiet for too long," he added. "There comes a time when you have to say something. You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet. This is the time."

A number of celebrities also joined the #NoBillNoBreak chorus with tweets of support.

Republicans attempted to silence their left-leaning counterparts by shutting off the cameras inside the chambers, however, Periscope was used the broadcast from inside, though normally a strict no-no, in desperate times, desperate measures are called upon.

Democrat leaders suggested they would go til at least 11:15 a.m. ET to ensure 24-hours of protest, but it's unclear if that is the plan or just an initial idea.

Stay tuned to REVOLT and check for the REVOLT2Vote @FactsOnly column later today that will address gun control in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

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