State Representative Erin Maye Quade, a Democrat from Apple Valley, is staging a 24-hour sit-in on the floor of the Minnesota House until just before noon today, demanding Republicans move forward with controversial anti-gun-violence measures including universal background checks. Maye Quade says, “Part of being here is, it’s uncomfortable on the floor and it’s uncomfortable to stay up for 24 hours. That’s the point. This isn’t just 24 hours of doing the same thing I always do, just in a different place. I’m sitting here with the stories of survivors and victims. I’m sitting here being uncomfortable and sitting in that discomfort.” She adds, “The students who did the walkout in my district [that] I attended, they were chanting, ‘Hear us now.’ I hear them. I’m listening, and that’s part of the reason why I’m here today.”
Republicans say the legislature will pass a bill that both sides of the aisle can agree on, including school security measures.
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