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Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle at vanguard of protest in Congress

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Democrat members of Congress, including Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon (left), Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and John Lewis of Georgia, participate in a protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, was one of the first to sit down on the House chamber floor Wednesday.

“We are going to shut this place down until (House Speaker Paul Ryan) allows a vote,” Doyle said in a phone interview from his position on the blue carpet.

The 30-year member of the Pennsylvania delegation and his colleagues want a vote on a proposal to ban people on the terror watch list from purchasing guns. Such a measure might have halted the Orlando shooting, he said.

The shooter had been on the watch list but was removed after the FBI ended its investigation in 2014.

“All Ryan did for (the Orlando victims) was a moment of silence and then he forgot them,” Doyle said. “He forgot the victims of Sandy Hook too. All those children.”

Sen. Bob Casey, a Scranton Democrat who has made a dramatic change in his stance on gun control, stopped by the chamber as a sign of solidarity, as did many other Democratic senators.

Salena Zito is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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