This Civil Rights Hero Just Proved A Sit-In Is Still The Best Tool For Change

When the system endangers you, when lawmakers won't do what is right or necessary, sometimes you have to stand up and say enough is enough.

Congressman John Lewis knows this better than most.

He's a legendary American who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and he was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. He endured over 40 arrests as well as violence and serious injury to fight for the civil rights of minorities. Throughout these struggles, Lewis always maintained a philosophy of nonviolence.

This man has dedicated his life to championing human rights. At 76, Lewis doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

On Wednesday, Lewis led a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to urge Republicans to address the rampant gun violence that claims the lives of over 10,000 Americans every year.

With a simple tweet, he explained why taking such an action is vital to the health of our country.

Indeed, sometimes you have to cause good trouble if you want to bring about real change.

John Lewis' existence is a testament to that fact.

President Obama, a great admirer of John Lewis, took to Twitter to thank him for his efforts.

This sit-in comes after a nearly 15-hour filibuster in the Senate that also demanded American lawmakers take action to address gun violence. That filibuster was inspired by the Orlando shooting.

On Monday, however, four gun control measures were struck down due to a lack of bipartisan support.

Citations: John Lewis leads sit-in on House floor over guns (CNN), Biography (John Lewis), President Obama Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Marches from Selma to Montgomery (White House)