Democratic Congressman Refuses to Observe Moment of Silence for Texas Shooting Victims

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) walked off the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday rather than observe a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday’s Texas church shooting.

The California congressman posted his thoughts in a video to his official Facebook page.

“I can’t do this again. I’ve been to too many moments of silences,” he said. He also vowed to take legislative action against gun ownership: “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.”

Some conservative voices are criticizing the congressman’s video as an overtly political stunt and as disrespectful towards the victims. This morning, Ben Shapiro called Rep. Lieu out on Twitter.


Rep. Lieu remains adamant in his calls for stricter gun laws.