Democratic Massachusetts congressman and Iraq veteran Seth Moulton recently drew media attention when he walked out of a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando shooting to protest the lack of gun reform. In a recent interview with GQ, Moulton discussed this walkout and made several important statements about gun control, including the claim that Republicans are scared of the NRA.
Molten made the claim about Republicans when he was asked about how they were responding to his walkout. His full response was:
‘I think that Republicans are scared. Republicans are scared of the NRA. They’re scared of the Tea Party. They’re scared of their leadership that won’t even allow a debate on this issue.’
The day after the shooting in Orlando, Moulton walked off the House floor during a moment of silence and said later that he would never attend another one. This walkout caused some confusion since, on the day of the shooting, Moulton tweeted about the attack, offering his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims.
My thoughts and prayers are with those in Orlando and across the world impacted by this horrific mass shooting. https://t.co/q2fr0xy01G
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) June 12, 2016
When asked to explain the dissonance between this tweet and his actions the following day, Moulton responded,
Molten also wrote a brutally honest op-ed piece for the New York Daily News in which he called for a ban on assault weapons. The piece is titled “Civilians have no reason for owning assault weapons, but Congress lacks the courage to stop them: Congressman and Iraq War vet.”
Speaking again about the importance of action over mere thoughts and prayers, Moulton wrote,
‘But the victims’ families don’t want our thoughts and prayers. They want our action, preferably before their loved ones are needlessly massacred.’
‘We have chosen this reality. We have decided as a country that it is easier to periodically bury the innocent than to make tough decisions to address the actual cause of this modern, and uniquely American, scourge.’
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