The Texas mass shooting has brought some interesting characters out of the woodwork. Half-term governor/reality show star Sarah Palin felt the need to jump on Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California after the tragedy.
The congressman had the courage to walk out of a hypocritical moment of silence in the House for the Sutherland Springs, Texas killing rampage, saying to The Washington Post:
‘I can’t do this again. I’ve been to too many moments of silence.’
The former failed vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin just could not resist attacking Lieu in a tweet:
‘What a disgrace. This Rep. should be ashamed of himself. You’re a member of Congress, for crying out loud.’
The representative’s act of defiance spoke loudly against other legislators who have do nothing to shore up the country’s gun control laws.
After Palin’s bitter tweet, Lieu responded with one of his own that carried a powerful punch:
‘Dear @SarahPalinUSA: Feel free to call me names because I’m cool like that. But I will keep fighting for gun safety.Unlike you I don’t quit.’
Donald Trump claimed that the issue was not a gun problem, but a mental health problem. He also said that tougher gun laws would not have mattered.
Just last month, one lone gunman killed 58 people and injured over 500 in the Las Vegas mass shooting. More than half of the Texas shooting’s 26 victims were children attending church.
Lieu wrote on his Twitter page:
‘My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.’
Lieu told the Washington Post:
‘This is all we do in Congress. We do this brief moment of silence, and then nothing happens. It’s not as if we’re business people. We make laws. We’re actually in a position where we can do something about this.’
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Lieu posted this on his Facebook page, according to the Washington Post:
‘My colleagues are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives chamber. I respect their right to do that and I myself have participated in many of them, but I can’t do this again.
‘I’ve been to too many moments of silences. In just my short career in Congress, three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent. What we need is we need action. We need to pass gun safety legislation now.’
— Splinter (@splinter_news) November 7, 2017
Then, Lieu upped the stakes with his next tweet:
‘I agree my prior tweet could be better. So here: I pray for the victims in TX. Also, screw the @NRA & can you help Dems take back the House.’
Lieu is a Catholic, and he said he prayed for the victims Sunday. It was when he looked at the congressional calendar and saw absolutely no legislative action, just the moment of silence, he became irate.
The California Representative said:
‘For whatever reason, in me tweeting, it has resulted in more people paying attention, and I do think that while I have this opportunity, I should try to affect sentiment while I can.’
Lieu did not back down from his stance on gun legislation:
‘I think the best way for me to honor victims of mass shooting is to try to prevent further mass shootings.’
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a bill targeting bump stocks, which convert a regular weapon into an automatic one, and similar inventions, after the Las Vegas mass murder.
Lieu has called for Congress to pass a universal gun law, because shooters can move from state to state with ease:
‘Reasonable gun safety legislation including a universal background check law.’
After the shooter fractured his baby’s skull and choked his former wife, he was court-marshaled and sentenced to a year in prison.
The Air Force apparently did not follow its own procedures for notifying authorities about the shooter’s criminal history. The domestic-violence conviction in 2014 should have halted any gun sales to him.
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