Tragedy befell Las Vegas Sunday night as a gunman opened fire on a crowded country music concert in what has been described as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Unfortunately, politicians on the left didn’t even have the decency to wait until the final count of dead and wounded was completed or the shooter’s motives determined before politicizing the murderous rampage.
According to the Boston Herald, one of those who set aside common courtesy in favor of exploiting a tragedy was Democrat Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton. In a series of tweets Monday morning, he said he would refuse to take part in a moment of silence for the victims on the floor of Congress and insisted a debate on stricter gun control take place instead — immediately.
The Daily Caller reported that Moulton first tweeted, “Thinking of everyone in
#LasVegas, and praying Congress will have the courage to do more than stand in silence to commemorate them.”
That initial tweet was followed by two more a few hours later, which together read, “As after
#Orlando, I will NOT be joining my colleagues in a moment of silence on the House Floor that just becomes an excuse for inaction. Now is not a moment for silence; it’s a time for action.”
Moulton wasn’t finished. The Boston Globe reported that the congressman seemed to place blame and responsibility for the attack at the feet of House Speaker Paul Ryan, asking how many more innocent people needed to die before legislative action would be taken.
“I don’t know how many innocent Americans have to die before Republican leadership has the courage to have a debate about this,” Moulton said after taking part in a Forbes Under 30 panel discussion Monday morning. “Not even to vote for it, I’m just saying to have a debate.”
“You should ask Republicans that,” Moulton added. “Ask Paul Ryan that question when you get a chance. How many more Americans need to die, Mr. Speaker, before you do your job?”
The Massachusetts democrat proceeded to state that universal background checks should be the first order of business, even as he admitted with the next breath that such legislation wouldn’t prevent all shootings.
Meanwhile, nobody knows at this time whether the murderer’s weapons were purchased legally or not, rendering the “more background checks” argument moot and irrelevant.