Dem rep says he won’t participate in moment of silence for Las Vegas victims

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Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said Monday that he won’t participate in a moment of silence on the House floor for victims of Sunday night’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“As after #Orlando, I will NOT be joining my colleagues in a moment of silence on the House Floor that just becomes an excuse for inaction,” Moulton tweeted Monday.

“Now is not a moment for silence; it’s a time for action.”


Moulton was one of several Democratic lawmakers who refused to take part in a moment of silence in the House for the victims of the deadly mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in June 2016.

Moulton has pushed for Congress to pass gun control legislation in the past — he was one of many Democrats who held a sit-in on the House floor after the Pulse shooting to try and force Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to bring gun control legislation up for a vote.

He called for Congress to move on gun control in a tweet earlier Monday.

“Thinking of everyone in #LasVegas, and praying Congress will have the courage to do more than stand in silence to commemorate them,” Moulton said.

At least 59 people are dead and more than 500 others were wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Las Vegas country music festival in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

This report was updated at 6:18 p.m.

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