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Rep. Ted Lieu leaves House floor during moment of silence for Texas shooting victims

Under existing gun laws, the Texas mass murderer, Devin Kelley, should not have been able to purchase weapons

(National SentinelNo Class: Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California walked out of the House chamber during a moment of silence being held for the victims of the Texas church massacre on Sunday, ostensibly to protest congressional inaction on gun control.

Lieu discussed his decision to leave the House chambers in a video posted to his Facebook, during which he urged lawmakers to pass “reasonable gun safety legislation.”

“My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives chambers. I respect their right to do that, and I myself have participated in many of them, but I can’t do this again,” he said. “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.”

Lieu urged congressional colleagues to pass a laundry list of gun control measures long backed by Democrats, including banning so-called “assault” weapons and bump stocks, as well as implement universal background checks.

“We need to do that. We cannot be silent. We need to act now,” he said.

Under existing gun laws, the Texas mass murderer, Devin Kelley, should not have been able to purchase the AR-15-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday because he was court-martialed in the Air Force for domestic violence, in which he fractured his infant stepson’s skull.

But investigators have learned that the Air Force did not report Kelley’s conviction to the FBI as it was required to do, so the military court action did not show up during background checks when Kelley bought his rifle and other weapons from 2014-2017 from sellers in Colorado and Texas.

Others have remarked that it’s not at all clear additional laws would have done much to stop Kelley’s attack, especially in light of news that the court-martial was never reported.

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