Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said he walked out of a recent moment of silence on the House floor for the victims of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
“My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives’ chambers,” he said in a Facebook video he posted Monday evening.
“I respect their right to do that and I myself have participated in many of them,” Lieu continued. “But I can’t do this again.”
“In just my short period in Congress three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent.”
Lieu then demanded that the House “take action” and “pass gun safety legislation now” In response to last Sunday’s violence in Texas.
“I urge us to pass reasonable gun safety legislation, including a universal background check law supported by 80 percent of Americans, a ban on assault rifles and a ban on bump stocks,” he said.
“We need to do that, we cannot be silent," Lieu added. We need to act now.”
Lieu was reacting to last Sunday’s attack at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, an incident which killed at least 26 people and wounded at least 20 more.
The massacre now ranks as the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, as well as the deadliest mass shooting at a place of worship in modern U.S. history.
Gunman Devin Kelley, 26, was found dead later Sunday of a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing the scene of the crime.
Reports emerged Monday that the Air Force failed to enter Kelley’s past domestic violence conviction into a federal database used for background checks on gun sales.
The detail – had it been added – would have prevented Kelley from buying a rifle he used in Sunday’s bloodbath.
Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and step-son, including cracking the infant’s skull.
The former Air Force member served 12 months’ confinement afterwards, and he ultimately received a bad conduct discharge and a reduction in rank in 2014.