At some point on every contentious issue someone from the Congressional Black Caucus compares it to the civil-rights movement, like clockwork.
House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Thursday compared the fight for comprehensive gun-control legislation to the civil-rights movement.
Appearing with House Democratic leadership to introduce the recommendations of the House gun-violence prevention task force, Clyburn recounted how the success of the civil rights movement in the 1960s did not come all at once, and the gun legislation Democrats are now proposing may not get done in a comprehensive way.
“I think about my own experiences in the ’60s and a governor whom I will not name professed ‘never’,” he said. “In 1964, we started out with a comprehensive civil rights act, and by the time it got passed it was not near as comprehensive.”
“But a year later voting came, three years later fair housing came, four years after that we outlawed discrimination in the public sector. I think the principles we heard here today will probably be in a very comprehensive bill — and it may not pass, all of it, the first time out. But I am convinced that sooner or later we will have comprehensive legislation.”