An attempt to hold a moment of silence by House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday erupted in Democrats demanding that the House consider gun control legislation following. Shouts of “where’s the bill” rang from the crowd as Democrats asked the speaker why the House is not considering new legislation.
Ryan denied all questions about gun legislation.
The House Speaker interrupted South Carolina’s Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn who took the floor saying “I am really concerned that we have just today had a moment of silence and later this week the 17th..” before Ryan quickly interrupted Clyburn asking if a parliament inquiry was being asked.
Clyburn stated he was interested in legislation filed in response to a previous shooting in Charleston. The shooting’s anniversary is this Saturday and left nine people in a South Carolina church dead following a shooting.
Ryan refused to acknowledge Clyburn’s question and asked the House to proceed with voting. Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong stated “It’s shameful that anyone would try to use a moment of silence honoring victims of a brutal terrorist attack to advance their own political agenda.”
Democrats took to social media to stress their reason for not wanting to hold a moment of silence. Representative Eric Swalwell stated “the victims of Orlando deserve more than a moment of silence.”