Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., joined by Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a leading advocate in the House for comprehensive immigration reform, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, on the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive actions to spare millions from immediate deportation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP)

Democratic congresswoman lays waste to her colleagues for their empty words on gun violence

"Now let's do something!" Illinois Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky shouted once the moment of silence concluded

Sophia Tesfaye
October 7, 2015 7:24PM (UTC)

When the House of Representatives paused for a moment of silence to honor the victims of yet another American mass shooting last night, one Democratic Congresswoman was there to make sure this moment did not just pass as another routine marking.

"I rise to honor and remember the lives of those who were taken too soon at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. I ask that all Americans pray for the friends and families of these nine victims as they grieve and rebuild from this tragedy," Oregon Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio read from the floor before the House observed a moment of silence.


"Now let's do something!" Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky shouted once the moment of silence concluded.

"Let's have a vote," another unknown Congressman yelled as the chamber broke out in scattered applause and calls for a vote on gun control legislation.

As The Hill notes, the House has observed moments of silence for the recent mass shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana and a church in Charleston, South Carolina without any follow-up legislation.


Schakowsky and some of her fellow Democrats tweeted their discontent simply gathering in Congress to mourn the dead rather than voting in Congress to prevent their deaths:

Watch Schakowsky's call to action in Congress, via CSPAN:

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Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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