June 23, 2016; CNN Politics

Yesterday morning, frustrated with an inability to get gun legislation introduced, much less passed, in the U.S. House of Representatives in the wake of the biggest mass shooting in this country’s history, and inspired by a speech by civil rights activist and U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA), Democrats, chanting “no bill, no break,” declared they would sit-in on the House floor. By noon, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) ordered the cameras in the chamber to be turned off, which in past years would have meant that the action would no longer be viewable by the public—but this is, after all, the 21st century. So C-SPAN, which usually broadcasts from those cameras, simply switched over to livestream from the social media accounts of two participating legislators, despite standing House rules in place since at least 2009 prohibiting the practice.