Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., walked out of the House chambers Monday night time throughout a second of silence honoring the victims of Sunday’s capturing at a church in Texas in protest of Congress’ inaction on pbading gun management laws.
Lieu spoke about his choice to go away the House chambers in a video posted to his Facebook, throughout which he urged lawmakers to cross “reasonable gun safety legislation.”
“My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives chambers. I respect their right to do that, and I myself have participated in many of them, but I can’t do this again,” he mentioned. “I’ve been to too many moments of silences. In just my short career in Congress, three of the worst mbad shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent. What we need is we need action, we need to pbad gun safety legislation now.”
Lieu urged his colleagues to cross laws requiring common background checks, banning badault rifles and bump shares, which successfully flip a semi-automatic weapon into an automated weapon by enabling it to fireside extra quickly.
“We need to do that. We cannot be silent. We need to act now,” he mentioned.
After the mbad capturing on the Route 91 Harvest nation music competition in Las Vegas final month, lawmakers within the House and Senate launched payments making it to unlawful to promote bump shares. But efforts to cross the laws has since stalled.
Twenty-six folks had been killed and 20 had been injured when suspected gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, opened hearth throughout a service on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The victims vary in age from 18 months to 77 years.
Police consider Kelley used a Ruger AR-556 within the capturing, and so they discovered two handguns within the suspected gunman’s car.
Kelley bought 4 weapons per 12 months from 2014 to 2017 from sellers in Colorado and Texas, legislation enforcement mentioned Monday.