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Was Ted Lieu right to walk out on the moment of silence?

Screenshot from CNN's YouTube video: Multiple dead in Texas church shooting (CNN breaking news)
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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:

The Issue

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.

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.

Do you think Ted Lieu was right to walk out on the moment of silence?

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