Every single time we have a mass shooting in this country, as a nation, we typically follow the same routine of “thoughts and prayers,” various tributes and moments of silence, followed by a debate over gun violence that ultimately needs to nothing being done about it.
Well, at least one House Democrat is fed up with this nation doing nothing to address gun violence, and he’s taking a stand by refusing to participate in any more “moments of silence.” Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) claims these moments mock the victims of these tragedies by offering empty remorse, followed by complete inaction to do anything to prevent these massacres from occurring.
“Silence. That is how the leadership of the most powerful country in the world will respond to this week’s massacre of its citizens,” Rep. Himes said on the House floor.
“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,” he added.
He also took aim at the hypocrisy of fellow lawmakers, particularly Republicans, who participate in these moments of silence yet do absolutely nothing to try to slow the killing of innocent Americans.
“As you bow your head and think of what you say to your God when you are asked what you did to slow the slaughter of innocents, there will be silence,” Himes said.
While it might sound a bit controversial to boycott moments of silence, I absolutely agree with Himes and wished every member of Congress who wants to see more done to address this nation’s rampant gun violence problem would follow his lead.
I’m skeptical anything will be done following this shooting (because nothing ever does seem to get done in Congress), I do believe that the fact this madman was legally allowed to purchase weapons despite a history of violence and previous FBI investigations for possible links to terrorism might at least prompt some people to reconsider their ignorance.
Either way, my hopes for that are very slim considering the Republican party has sold their souls to the NRA, making even the slightest hint of common sense gun reforms nearly impossible.
I do think it’s time that Democrats, and even Republicans who are brave enough to stand up to the asinine pro-gun rhetoric within their own party, need to finally take a measurable stand against the inaction that’s ruled the conversation. These people haven’t done anything to address the fact that mass shootings in this country have become so common that, unless the circumstances surrounding them are extraordinary, we don’t even pay that much attention to them anymore.
Then again, we’re a nation that did absolutely nothing when a psychopath slaughtered 27 people, including 20 children 7 or under, at Sandy Hook Elementary school in December 2012. So you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t expect anti-LGBT Republicans to really do a whole lot when 49 people were killed at a gay club in Orlando.
I applaud Rep. Jim Himes for finally saying enough is enough by refusing to participate in these moments of silence until lawmakers stop being silent and start doing something about our nation’s gun violence.
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