Congressman Protests Moment of Silence for Sutherland Springs Victims, Calls for Stricter Gun Policy

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On Monday evening, a Democratic congressman from California decided he's had enough of the "thoughts and prayers" (with no actual policy changes) coming from conservative lawmakers following the Sutherland Springs shooting.

Instead, Rep. Ted Lieu walked out of the U.S. House chamber after House Speaker Paul Ryan asked the representatives to bow their heads for a moments of silence for Sunday's victims of the mass shooting. Then, Lieu sent a message to his constituents via Facebook Live. He said that while he respected the gesture, he couldn't take part in it.

"I can't do this again. I've been to too many moments of silence," Lieu said in the social media post. "In just my short career in Congress, three of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent."

His protest meant advocating for changes in legislation concerning safety, recommending a universal background check law as well as banning assault rifles and bump stocks.
Lieu's protest and call for action comes after President Trump said he believed tougher gun laws would not have prevented the shooting. Trump said the largest mass shooting in Texas history was "not a guns issue," but rather, a mental health one.

While it was revealed Tuesday that Sutherland Springs gunman had in fact escaped from a mental health facility in 2012, Devin Kelley's mental health should not detract from the fact that he shouldn't have been able to buy the weapons he did with his criminal record that went unnoticed in a background check due to an error by the Air Force.


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