WASHINGTON (WHDH) — A dramatic scene unfolded in the House of Representatives Monday following a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut, walked off the floor.
Himes said he believes “silence is complicit” in allowing mass shootings to continue and Congress should do something to stop them.
Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton joined Himes in walking off the floor.
He tweeted Monday night “The tradition is to send ‘thoughts and prayers’ first, then perhaps demand policy change later. I’m done with that.”
After the moment of silence, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina attempted to ask Speaker Paul Ryan when various gun control bills would be brought to the floor.
Ryan ruled Clyburn out of order.
The floor then exploded and House Democrats began shouting “Where’s the bill?”
Others yelled “No leadership!”
Ryan then walked off the floor.