Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) says he will not participate in a moment of silence on the House floor for the victims of Sunday evening’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Now is not a moment for silence; it's a time for action.— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) October 2, 2017
Moulton and his fellow Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Katherine Clark declined to take part in a moment of silence after last year’s mass shooting in Orlando.
Forty-nine people died and 58 others were wounded when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in the Florida city.
Clark and Moulton joined with other Democratic House representatives at the time in walking out during the moment of silence to protest a lack of national gun control.
Some Twitter users on Monday praised Moulton, while others criticized the former Marine Corps officer.
But can’t you do both? The moment of silence important for many. Then work for gun control.— Betsy (@BratsyAnn) October 2, 2017
At least 50 people were killed and at least 400 others were injured in Las Vegas late Sunday when a shooter opened fire.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) on Monday identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, 64.
Paddock allegedly fired upon a crowd at an outdoor country music concert late Sunday from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The Mesquite, Nevada resident was found dead in his room at the resort once responding law officers breached its door.
Sunday’s shooting began while country star Jason Aldean was playing at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvey Festival in Las Vegas.
Aldean was rushed off stage to safety during the event, and has since described it as “beyond horrific.”
The festival reportedly drew 30,000 concert-goers, and Sunday’s victims also included two off-duty members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.