The Texas mass shooting has brought some interesting characters out of the woodwork. Half-term governor/reality show star Sarah Palin felt the need to jump on Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California after the tragedy.
The congressman had the courage to walk out of a hypocritical moment of silence in the House for the Sutherland Springs, Texas killing rampage, saying to The Washington Post:
‘I can’t do this again. I’ve been to too many moments of silence.’
The former failed vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin just could not resist attacking Lieu in a tweet:
‘What a disgrace. This Rep. should be ashamed of himself. You’re a member of Congress, for crying out loud.’
The representative’s act of defiance spoke loudly against other legislators who have do nothing to shore up the country’s gun control laws.
After Palin’s bitter tweet, Lieu responded with one of his own that carried a powerful punch:
‘Dear @SarahPalinUSA: Feel free to call me names because I’m cool like that. But I will keep fighting for gun safety.Unlike you I don’t quit.’
Donald Trump claimed that the issue was not a gun problem, but a mental health problem. He also said that tougher gun laws would not have mattered.
Just last month, one lone gunman killed 58 people and injured over 500 in the Las Vegas mass shooting. More than half of the Texas shooting’s 26 victims were children attending church.
Lieu wrote on his Twitter page:
‘My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.’
Lieu told the Washington Post:
‘This is all we do in Congress. We do this brief moment of silence, and then nothing happens. It’s not as if we’re business people. We make laws. We’re actually in a position where we can do something about this.’
— AmpliFire News (@amplifirenews_) November 7, 2017
Lieu posted this on his Facebook page, according to the Washington Post:
‘My colleagues are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives chamber. I respect their right to do that and I myself have participated in many of them, but I can’t do this again.
‘I’ve been to too many moments of silences. In just my short career in Congress, three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent. What we need is we need action. We need to pass gun safety legislation now.’
— Splinter (@splinter_news) November 7, 2017