The shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has many Americans wondering what more could have done to prevent such a horrific event. As families mourn their losses, and patients recover, one Democrat had an unacceptable response.
It is not uncommon to have prayers or moments of silence for people who were affected by these acts of violence. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), however, decided to walk out of a moment of silence on the US House floor in remembrance of the people who died in Texas last Sunday, according to The Hill. Lieu then got on his Facebook account where he posted a video that has many people questioning his motives.
The video starts with Lieu saying that he is “heartbroken about the children and adults that were killed in the worst mass shooting in Texas history this Sunday.”
Lieu then explains that the rest of the House is in their chambers having a moment of silence for the victims. After claiming that he had participated in “many of them,” he explains why he is done.
“But I can’t do this again,” Lieu states. “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.”
The Representative went on to cite the shootings in Las Vegas and Orlando back in June of 2016, and now, Texas. Rep. Lieu appears to be advancing a solution to this reoccurring this problem, then, walking away from a moment of silence, he makes the whole issue political.
Lieu urged the House to do whatever they needed to do to “pass gun safety legislation now.” He gave examples such as a ban on assault rifles, background check laws, and the outlawing of bump stocks.
He failed to acknowledge the fact that assault rifles are not statistically the primary cause of gun death in the United States. Lieu also fails to mention that the Senate Judiciary Committee already plans on holding hearings on the legality of bump stocks.
Many fear this to be a slippery slope. A man near the church used his own rifle to fire back at the shooter during his rampage and encouraged him to flee the scene. This potentially saved many lives.
Many Americans fear that by accepting the outlawing of assault rifles, the restriction of certain gun parts and accessories, and by increasing gun control laws, they will be facilitating the primary goal of liberals and progressives: to take full control of guns and, thus, render the Second Amendment moot.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), walked out of the moment of silence on the House floor that was being held for the victims of the shooting in Texas. Should he make a public apology?
At the end of Lieu’s message, he said “We need to do that. We cannot be silent. We need to act now.”
People are currently discussing whether this act of disrespect is acceptable. He left a moment of silence in the US House of Representatives to promote his political agenda of gun control on social media, which doesn’t look good for Democrats.
What’s worse, is this: instead of offering any real solution or providing an honest outlet for discussion, he has pigeon-holed the conversation to accusing those who disagree of being unfeeling toward those who lost their lives. That kind of totalitarian mindset is about as disrespectful as it gets.