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Massachusetts Congressman Joins Himes, Skips Moment Of Silence

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes was not the only member of Congress against the moments of silence, such as one held Monday, in the wake of mass shootings. 

In a tweet on Monday night about 9 p.m., Democrat Seth Moulton from Massachusetts 6th-District said he was joining Himes, D-4th District, in not attending anymore of the moments of silence. 

By about 10:40 p.m., Himes responded to the tweet. 

 

Himes told the Courant on Monday that Congress has been "complicit" in these killings. Adding: "I'm not participating in any more feel-good tepid distractions from what the Congress should really be doing."

He said: "I'm done explaining to my constituents the inner workings of Congress. I'm going to start talking in very strong moral language."

Earlier in the evening, Moulton, on Twitter, questioned his own initial response to the shooting in which he said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and families following the mass shooting in Orlando. 

He first wrote in a tweet: "Many people have expressed frustration with the 'thoughts and prayers' I and others tweeted yesterday, demanding more. They’re right."

He then followed with: "The tradition is to send 'thoughts and prayers' first, then perhaps demand policy change later. I’m done with that."

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