Dem lawmaker walks out on moment of silence for Texas church victims (video)


Junior Democratic congressman Ted Lieu of California walked out of a moment of silence that was being held for victims of this weekend’s mass shooting in a Texas church.

In a video posted to Facebook Monday evening, Lieu explained why he would not join his colleagues as they showed their respect and sympathy for the victims in the chambers of the House of Representatives.

“I can’t do this again; I’ve been to too many moments of silences,” Lieu told his Facebook fans in a live post. “In just my short period in Congress, three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent.”

Lieu went on to make clear that he believes the only way to stop such behavior is 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.”

Lieu took to Twitter on Sunday to somewhat tritely state: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.”

A couple of hours later, after some of his followers objected to the measured nature of the tweet, Lieu unloaded on the National Rifle Association in an “improved” message that placed blame for the killings squarely on the guns and what he sees as lax gun laws.

“I agree my prior tweet could be better,” Lieu tweeted. “So here: I pray for the victims in TX. Also, screw the @NRA & can you help Dems take back the House.”

He also responded to a tweet regarding Sen. Ted Cruz, who observed how “unfortunate” it is that the media immediately jumps to politicize the Texas shooting. “We don’t need politics right now,” said Cruz. Lieu disagrees.

“When lots of people die in a mass shooting, we try to prevent it from happening again. That’s called doing our job,” Lieu admonished.

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