This Sunday, a gunman opened fire in a Texas church, killing 26 people and injuring 20. It was the second mass shooting in 35 days to make records. America was once more forced to witness the insincere specter of politicians expressing their grief while making half-hearted noises about why gun control isn't in the best interest of the people.
One Democratic member of the House of Representatives, California Representative Ted Lieu, decided he wasn't going to participate in the empty spectacle anymore.
Lieu walked out during a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting to protest the lack of movement on anti-gun policies.
Why I walked out of yet another moment of silence on the House floor for a gun massacre. We cannot remain silent. https://t.co/F4j4sCsOFw— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1510014964.0
Lieu wants to ban assault rifles and bump-fire stocks, the accessory that made last month's Las Vegas shooting so deadly.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1509916009.0
Not everyone was a fan of Lieu's walkout. The former Republican governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, commented on Lieu's post.
What a disgrace. This Rep. should be ashamed of himself. You're a member of Congress, for crying out loud. https://t.co/1NMTFo1Bc4— Sarah Palin (@Sarah Palin)1510065036.0
Lieu, however, wasn't about to take her insult sitting down.
Dear @SarahPalinUSA: Feel free to call me names because I'm cool like that. But I will keep fighting for gun safety… https://t.co/Q5p9lSilkU— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1510089397.0
By quitting, Lieu was referring to Palin's infamous decision to quit her Alaskan governorship in 2009.
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.— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1509922243.0