Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) says he walked out of a moment of silence on the House floor for victims of the mass shooting in Texas, saying he “I can’t do this again” and that he “will not be silent” after yet another senseless massacre.
“I’m heartbroken about the children and adults that were killed in the worst mass shooting in Texas history this Sunday,” Lieu said in a video he shared on Facebook Monday night after the moment of silence.
“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 called for the House to take action and “pass gun safety legislation now” as he listed the most recent mass shootings, including the Pulse nightclub mass shooting 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.
“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.”