Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) on Monday walked out of the U.S. House of Representatives, moments before a scheduled moment of silence, to protest inaction by Congress on gun violence.
“I cannot adequately express my despair over the senseless terror and loss in Las Vegas,” Clark wrote in a statement, imploring her fellow Congresspeople “to act on the numerous common sense proposals that could help prevent tragedies” like that which transpired Sunday on the Vegas strip.
“America is strong enough to have a conversation about ending gun violence, and families deserve a debate and a vote on measures that could save lives,” Clark continued. “But unfortunately, it’s almost certain there will be no vote.”
“The so-called leaders with the power to schedule that vote are too busy lining their pockets with cash from the gun lobby to notice the blood on their hands.”
So-called leaders with the power to schedule a vote are too busy lining their pockets w/ gun lobby cash to notice the blood on their hands. pic.twitter.com/DnjqLpGxVl
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) October 2, 2017
The House of Representatives held a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Sunday’s Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. This week, the House is scheduled to hold a vote on a bill that would roll back restrictions on gun silencers. Critics say that bill, which is backed by the National Rifle Association, could make mass shooting even deadlier.
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— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 2, 2017