A Democratic congressman says he's done with the moments of silence typically held on the House floor after mass shootings.
Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes says he will leave the House floor during the traditional moment if Republican leaders schedule one to honor 49 people shot at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning.
I will not attend one more"Moment of Silence" on the Floor. Our silence does not honor the victims, it mocks them. pic.twitter.com/VWWdOkliWN— Jim Himes (@jahimes) June 13, 2016
In a series of tweets Sunday, Himes says the silence doesn't honor victims, but mocks them.
If whatever God you worship is in fact a God of love and peace you had better use the Moment of Silence to pray for our souls.— Jim Himes (@jahimes) June 13, 2016
He calls the observances an "abomination" and says he will not be silent. He and other Democrats have complained about the moments of silence as Republicans and some Democrats have remained opposed to additional gun controls.
God will ask you why you did not defer to the will of the people as children poured out their blood. And we will answer with silence.— Jim Himes (@jahimes) June 13, 2016
The Moments of Silence in the House have become an abomination. God will ask you, "How did you keep my children safe"? Silence.— Jim Himes (@jahimes) June 13, 2016
Himes says in an interview Monday that he plans to talk to Democratic colleagues about leaving the floor and honoring the victims in another way.
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