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After Mass Shootings, Democratic Congressman Says Moments of Silence Make His Head ‘Explode’

A Democratic congressman is still tired of lawmakers lowering flags and not talking instead of passing legislation to end gun violence.

In a throwback video from “The Daily Show” in 2018, Rep. Jim Hines (D-Conn.) spoke about refusing to participate in moments of silence following mass shootings. He described how Washington lawmakers are offering 10 seconds without speaking rather than an hour of work that could solve real problems.

“That’s what we’re offering to people who have been so traumatized by the events in Las Vegas, the events in Sandy Hook, the Orlando event,” Himes said at the time. “It’s just the drumbeat of this helplessness and this silence. I’ll tell you, it just blows my mind.

The Himes District is adjacent to the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, a shooting that left 26 people dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He began waving moments of silence in 2016 after 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at an Orlando-based LGBTQ nightclub in 2016. In a series of tweets at the time, Hines said silence mocked by the victims of the tragedy and the gesture has become an “abomination”.

In that retrospective interview, which Himes retweeted Thursday after the fatal school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, he also described actions by lawmakers like lowering flags after tragedies as “negligence.”

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