Today, June 22, 2016, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, ordered all cameras and sound turned off in the House of Representatives. THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED. The C-Span network depends on feed from the House of Representatives in order to broadcast the House activities to the nation - all of us. This is exactly the same tactic used by Hitler to limit or control the flow of information to the public.
After the Democratic Party members attempted to force the House leadership to bring up two bills on gun legislation in that body without success, at 11:25 a.m. they began a sit-in in the House. The Republican leader then took the unconscionable action of calling the "House" in recess and turning off all cameras so that the C-Span network could not feed what was happening to its viewers. C-Span then managed to get a feed from a provider called "Periscope" which had a single camera in that body. Thereafter Facebook began providing an even broader scope of the proceedings taking place only by the Democrats.
So in fact the House is NOT completely in recess. It is only in recess for the Republicans, but there is nothing unusual about that. The Republicans spend most of their time in recess anyway. The Democrats in that body are NOT in recess, and many of the senators are there with them in solidarity.
Everyone needs to share this with their Republican friends and ask them, if they turn off the cameras now, today, when will they do it again? How do they like being shut out? Do they really love their guns more than they do a country free of terror, free of dictatorship, free of censorship? Let your leadership know exactly how you feel about being shut out. Let them know that no amount of money will get them re-elected if this is what they have to look forward to with Republican congressional leaders.
We can thank the media for bringing to the American people such congressional leaders as Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell for conduct such as this.