On Wednesday’s broadcast of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC, Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis invoked the civil rights movement to rally support for increased gun control legislation.

“Well, now is the time to act,” Lewis said. “It’s not a time for a commission, or more studies. It is time for action. It reminded me of another period, 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Robert Kennedy was assassinated. We can go back to 1963, when Medgar Evers was assassinated. We don’t need more weapons of mass destruction. Nothing saddened me more than last Friday. I cried, I cried when I saw what was happening in Connecticut.”

… Lewis lobbied President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues to act before children are “slaughtered.”

“Well, the White House must lead,” Lewis said. “The president must lead. Members of the House must lead. Members of the United States Senate must lead. We must be a headlight on this issue and not a taillight. When you see these little children, these little babies, being slaughtered, we have to…

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