Watch as members of Congress refuse to take part in a moment of silence on Monday to honor victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. Following the moment of silence, the House floor erupted in shouts of, “Where’s the bill?” as frustrated House Democrats protested their colleagues’ inaction when it comes to gun-control legislation.
Biz Pac Review reported that a moment of silence in Congress meant to honor those who died in the mass shooting in Orlando erupted into protests by House Democrats on Monday.
After Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) led the moment of silence, Democratic lawmakers began shouting criticism over lack of gun control legislation.
Democrats yelled “Where’s the bill?” and “No leadership!”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 14, 2016
House Dems now chanting "Where's the bill?" and "Show some respect!" after moment of silence for Orlando shooting
— Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) June 13, 2016
A moment of silence in the House Chamber followed by a more lengthy moment of boisterousness. Video link below: https://t.co/ea2doZKTMg
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 13, 2016
The protesting Democrats apparently saw nothing wrong with disrespecting a traditional observance in times of tragedy.
— Mama P. (@anniebeans59) June 14, 2016
— RealFurgas (@RealFurgas) June 14, 2016
@cimarcos Oh, those scamps. They must have worked so hard to prepare this ironically disrespectful chant. They care so much about the gays.
— WinSton (@WinStonBoSton85) June 14, 2016
— Sue A (@Susana331A) June 14, 2016
— Oslowe Knownas (@Osloweknownas) June 14, 2016
Some Democrats left the House chamber in protest, including Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, who earlier declared he would no longer participate in moments of silence.
“Silence. Not me. Not anymore. I will no longer stand here absorbing the faux concern, contrived gravity and tepid smugness of a House complicit in the weekly bloodshed,” Himes said in an angry speech in which he referred, not to an “Islamic terrorist” but a “madman with the military-grade rifle.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 13, 2016
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) joined Himes in walking out of the moment of silence.
“The fact is that a moment of silence is an act of respect, and we supported that. But it is a not a license to do nothing,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) according to The Hill.
“Members have just had enough of having one minute, a moment of silence on the floor, and then take no action,” she said.
Other Democrats, like Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), also joined in taking the solemn observation of respect and turning it into a political platform.
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) June 13, 2016
— Newtown Action (@NewtownAction) June 13, 2016
Maybe Congress will sense the urgency and vote this week to ban people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns. Right? *crickets*
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) June 13, 2016
Nope. We'll have a moment of silence. Perfectly emblematic of Congressional gross negligence. https://t.co/kPWLOzbY7h
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) June 13, 2016
Not everyone was on board with Himes.
— SupportingValues (@SupportValues) June 14, 2016
@jahimes How about you get Congress to vote a real war on terror to solve the problem? Arm all in defense of our country before it is gone!
— Diane Geary (@dianelgeary) June 13, 2016
— Genes (@ecrkrgn) June 14, 2016