As a sit-in protest on the House floor enters its second day, —though numbers have dwindled— Democratic representatives disrupt business as usual, attempting to force a vote on gun control. In an interview with Boston Public Radio Thursday, Congresswoman Katherine Clark said the sit-in will continue until 11:30am on Thursday, when the action will reach a 24-hour mark and representatives will meet with leadership to deliberate their next strategy.

“We are very hopeful that we can still get a vote on these two common-sense proposals,” Clark said, calling from the House floor. The first proposal would prevent suspected terrorists on the No-Fly list from purchasing guns. The second would mandate universal background checks and close loopholes around gun shows, ensuring that only law-abiding citizens are able to purchase guns. “These two proposals have such widespread support of the American people,” Clark said. “Let’s start taking some action.”

In response to the sit-in, House Speaker Paul Ryan formally adjourned the body until July 5. "This is nothing more than a publicity stunt," Ryan said. "This is not about a solution to a problem. This is about trying to get attention."

According to Clark, the sit-in is anything but. “I don’t know how you could look at the pictures that were brought to the floor over the last 36 hours, of these children and of young people, and of moms and dads… I don’t know how you can listen to the stories that members of congress shared with such eloquence and passion, about constituents who have been killed due to gun violence… I don’t know how you look at John Lewis, with all his integrity, and write that all off as some sort of political theatre,” Clark said. “What we’re really seeing is political cynicism and obstruction at play. That the Republican leadership didn’t even feel they could have a debate, no matter what they decide to vote, ultimately, let’s have that vote, and put people on record.”

As Democratic congresspeople chanted and sang “we will overcome,” Ryan shut off the cameras and recording equipment. “The House cannot operate without members following the rules of the institution,” Ryan said. Members of the sit-in retaliated with social media, broadcasting the events in real time via Periscope, which was then broadcast on C-SPAN. “I think it was a mistake that Republican leadership made to cut the mics,” Clark said. “I think that people want to hear what’s going on, and we were very grateful that we were able to broadcast what was happening on the floor, so the American people knew, and the people in my district and in Massachusetts knew what we were trying to say and that they could be part of what we were trying to do.”

Following the 11:30 meeting Thursday, Clark said the effort will continue, long after the sit-in. "We are absolutely going to build on what has started, which is incredible support from around the country to do something, to speak for these people who have been victimized, killed, injured by gun violence, who can no longer speak for themselves," she said. "We have to be that voice. I think we owe it to what we started, to doing the sit-in, led by John Lewis, icon of the civil rights era, our bridge to justice and conscience in the Congress… we owe it, to keep this going."

The sit-in began before noon on Wednesday. For Clark, who helped organize the effort, her frustration surrounding the issue came to a head during the moment of silence for victims of the Orlando shooting. “It didn’t feel respectful to me to hold these very heartfelt —very sincere by members of Congress— moments of silence to honor those who have lost their lives and their grieving families…when we don’t take any action,” Clark said. “When our only action is silence, it just didn’t feel like we were saying we really value these lives, we are going to do everything we can to prevent this from happening to someone else, or to someone else’s son or daughter.”

Clark walked out of the moment of silence with a handful of other Democratic representatives, which she said led her to help organize the following overnight sit-in. “I did feel a little badly,” she said, “because I knew what we were going to do, I had pants on. I felt a little badly that I couldn’t pre-warn some of my women colleagues, because we wanted an element of surprise.”

Katherine Clark serves Massachusetts' 5th congressional district. To hear her full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio link above.