What should be one of the least controversial things in this country is a moment of silence. That was not the case Monday when Speaker Ryan called for a moment of silence for the victims of the Texas mass shooting on Sunday. Rep. Ted Lieu of California walked out on the moment of silence. Rep. Lieu explained his actions by saying, “It wasn’t something I planned. I just felt angry. I’ve been to so many of these, and then nothing happens. I just thought, I can’t do another one.” He would further say, “All we choose to do is a 60-second moment of silence, and then that’s it and then we move on and I think that is very disrespectful….Until we get reasonable gun safety legislation, I’m just not going to do any more moments of silence.” This begs the question: Was Rep. Ted Lieu right to walk out on the moment of silence?
Those who feel he was right to walk out feel that those moments of silence are not enough. With the ever increasing frequency of mass shootings, action must be taken to stop them. They also feel that Congress has become too beholden to gun lobbies like the NRA, and things have got to change. Many people feel gun violence is the number one danger in this country and something must happen to prevent it, and prayers are just not enough anymore. Finally, they applaud Ted Lieu’s protest because someone in a position of power has to stand up and say, enough, we are going to start dealing with the problem right now.
People who feel Rep. Lieu was wrong to walk out on the moment of silence feel he was disrespecting the victims by his actions. They see his actions as nothing but grandstanding for his own political gains at the expense of the dead. Even if his goals were noble, that was not the time to try and bring attention to them. Finally, if he really wants to do something, he should try to pass some legislation on guns, not draw attention to himself while people are paying their respects to the dead.
CNN covering the Sutherland Springs shooting:
Was Rep. Ted Lieu right to walk out on the moment of silence for the victims of the Texas shooting? Is his protest a much needed call for action? Or, was this a grandstand gesture to draw attention to himself?
Ted Lieu was right to walk out on the moment of silence
Those who feel he was right to do what he did say that, for too long, the only thing Congress does is pray. This country desperately needs action, not prayers, at this point.
Since the GOP is effectively held hostage by NRA funding,it falls on someone with a genuine conscience to protest,not offer faux prayers.
— Brian gourlay (@BrianGourlay_) November 7, 2017
thank you @tedlieu !!!! I am pretty tired of "thoughts and prayers" We need ACTION; we need sensible background checks at the very least
— CarolAnn (@FeralCat67) November 7, 2017
Good. Silence accomplishes nothing. We’ve been silent for way too long. It’s time for action. #GunControlNow
— Boston (@GirlNamedBoston) November 7, 2017
— Snowflakes United (@SnowflakeUnite) November 7, 2017
Ted Lieu was wrong to walk out on the moment of silence
People who feel he was wrong say that he was extremely disrespectful to the victims of the shooting. They feel that if he really wants to do something, try passing some laws.
Nice, disrespect the victims to make a point over your failed policies! Want to make a difference get to work, stop grandstanding
— Brian Waddle MD FACS (@scalpelbjw) November 7, 2017
Hes protest at the wrong moment. He shown as no respect to the victims. Shame on him. He should resign, Period!
— We Love Trump (@StevenpTruong) November 7, 2017
Pathetic. What has he ever done for the country. Totally self serving.
— Sue Wheeler (@mom_fisher) November 7, 2017
Pathetic behavior. He ought to be ashamed he’s unable to chew gum and walk at the same time. There’s a time and place and he chose wrong.
— Orcatra (@orcatra) November 7, 2017
Do you think Ted Lieu was right to walk out on the moment of silence?