Outside of the Nevada delegation and recent gun violence victim Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), it’s possible that the Las Vegas shooting massacre has not hit home as hard for anyone in Congress as Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). In 1978, Speier was shot five times during an ambush in Jonestown — where Speier accompanied Congressman Leo Ryan on a fact-finding mission.
So the issue of gun violence is one in which Speier has a personal stake. And it is an issue that the Congresswoman feels has been met with empty gestures. Which is why Speier is not participating in moments of silence relating to the Las Vegas massacre.
“I think it’s so hypocritical,” Speier said Wednesday on The Lead “That’s all we do. We have a moment of silence. And then we are silent. There is no action.”
Speier has been vocal on Twitter calling on Congress to act on the issue of gun violence, rather than try to use the issue for positive press.
No more moments of silence – the best way to honor the #LasVegasShooting victims is a moment of action to prevent further senseless deaths.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) October 2, 2017
“I mean, it just goes on and on. We never do anything about it,” Speier said. “So these moments of silence are really only for the headlines. And I’m tired of the hypocrisy.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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