‘I Will Not Be Silent After Yet Another Massacre’: House Democrat Walks Out Of Moment Of Silence
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA walked out of a moment of silence on the House floor for victims of the mass shooting in Texas Monday night, saying he “will not be silent” after yet another massacre.
During the moment of silence, Lieu posted a video on his Facebook saying that he was “heartbroken about the children and adults that were killed in the worst mass shooting in Texas history this Sunday.”
“My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives’ chambers,” Lieu said. “I respect their right to do that and I myself have participated in many of them.”
“But I can’t do this again, I’ve been to too many moments of silences. In just my short period in congress, three of the worst mass shootings in us history have occurred. I will not be silent.”
Lieu referred specifically to the Texas shooting, as well as the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in June 2016 that left 49 people dead, and the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas last month, during which 55 people were killed.
Lieu also called for the House to take action and “pass gun safety legislation now.”
“I urge us to pass reasonable gun safety legislation, including a universal background check law supported by 80 percent of Americans, a ban on assault rifles and a ban on bump stocks,” he said.
“We need to do that, we cannot be silent. We need to act now.”
Democrats have renewed their calls for Congress to pass gun control legislation in the wake of Sunday’s shooting, but Republican lawmakers have declined to do so.
A poll last month found that support for stricter gun regulations had reached an all-time high, with 60 percent of respondents saying they would be in favor of the measures.
Watch Rep. Ted Lieu’s video below: