Silence Is Not Golden



Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said he won’t be attending any more moments of silence on the House floor after mass shootings, arguing that they have become an excuse for Congress not to take any real action to address gun violence.

Himes’ tweet came Sunday night, after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At least 50 people were killed in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Himes’ district neighbors Newtown, the town in southwestern Connecticut that had its own tragedy in 2012, when Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults in an elementary school. He has said he feels ashamed that Congress hasn’t done anything on gun violence.


Connecticut’s senators, Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, also put out blistering statements Sunday in response to the Orlando shooting, saying lawmakers’ inaction on gun control made them “complicit.”

I stand with Congressman Himes. People, including members of Congress, can have their prayers and moments of silence privately if it gives them any solace. However, prayers and silence are not in their job descriptions. DO SOMETHING!

If they want to have a moment of silence while they are supposed to be doing their work, they should use those moments to think about how they worry only about the profits of gunmakers instead of the safety of their constituents. They should take their hands out of the pockets filled with NRA money and look at the blood that coats them. They had their moment of silence when people were massacred when they went to see a movie in Aurora, Colorado. And then they did nothing. They had their moment of silence when babies were slaughtered in Newtown, Connecticut. And then they did nothing. Now they had their moment of silence for innocents who went out on a Saturday night to unwind and have some fun. And they will probably do nothing. We will probably hear that old familiar phrase about how this is not the time to talk about gun control when we are so emotional. When is the time? A patient is told about surgery, radiation and chemotherapy when they are told they have cancer. The doctors don’t wait until the patient and their families are less emotional, because cancer spreads. Just because we are emotional, we can still think clearly. We know that automatic weapons exist only to kill the greatest number of people in the shortest period of time. If the people who are elected to represent us are unable to think as clearly as the average citizen in times of heightened emotion, they need to be replaced.

The Aurora shooter, the Newtown shooter, the San Bernadino shooters and the Orlando shooter all had different motives. We will probably never truly know what they were, because we can’t really know what anyone is thinking. But whatever their different motives might have been, they all had one thing in common that we know for sure–their weapon of choice. We can’t control what people are thinking, and we cannot magically make the insane sane. What lawmakers can do, if they forgo their moments of silence and take action instead, is ban the sale of automatic weapons. Insane or malevolent people shouldn’t have them, and law-abiding citizens don’t need them. It’s really that simple.

And finally, a word to the Republicans: Don’t tell us that you suddenly give a damn about the LGBT community. You have a candidate for President whose every word drips with hate. In order to distract voters, you cooked up some nonsense about transgender people being menaces in public bathrooms. You talk about the evil “gay agenda.” You stir up hatred in the worst of your misinformed constituents, and then you act shocked when hate crimes are committed.

Going to end my rant now, though there is much more to be said about homophobia, Islamophobia and the narcissism and hypocrisy of those who label themselves Christian, while nothing they do or say reflects anything that label is supposed to represent.

My heart goes out to the victims and the families of this latest tragedy, as well as to all the other victims of gun violence who go unnoticed. May they somehow find peace, and may the rest of us not sit silently.




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7 responses to “Silence Is Not Golden

  1. Beautifully expressed. No more moments of silence because Congressional silence = status quo. And the status quo is just unacceptable.

    I’m truly hoping that between the hate falling out of Trumps mouth like spittle and yet another “how could it have happened” event will make people vote a little more carefully. What can I say, I’m an optimist.

    Jim Himes represents my hometown, and that makes me proud. Of something, at least. (My current congresswoman is an abomination.)

    • Hi Elyse, ❤
      Thank you, but I am not sure how eloquent I was. I was pissed off and then crying and then cursing and then erasing.

      I hope that people will vote using their brains instead of their anger. Trump is vile and perpetuates hate. He stokes it and then acts surprised when his followers do something hateful.

      I noticed something this time around. The commercials came back a lot sooner than they usually did. Is there a better barometer to measure how much lower our outrage has become? After 9/11 and the Boston Marathon and Columbine and a host of other horrors, it didn't seem decent to run commercials on the news networks for at least a day or longer. It was deemed disrespectful to go from scenes of bloodshed to ads pushing boner pills. It didn't take long for the commercials to come back this time. I don't know if it's because the victims were gay, and society puts less value on their lives, or because we are becoming so inured that we now expect mass shootings to happen. We just don't know the location. If it's the former, then I am ashamed of this country. If it's the latter, then I am saddened that people have accepted mass killing as a part of everyday life.

      I saw Jim Himes' tweet this afternoon on Twitter, and I was so proud of him for standing up to the self-righteous hypocrisy of those in Congress who wear a cross on their sleeves and hatred in their hearts. I saw him later on on Rachel Maddow's show. We need more like him in D.C.. The Rethugs complain about political correctness? Well, after their reaming by Rep. Himes, they might beg to have it back.

      Okay, I really have to stop ranting here. Thanks for reading and commenting, Elyse. ❤

  2. BeninSC

    Dear nonnie, could you contact me, please? Same old address. Best to you, and thank you for this terrific post. They’re always exceptional.

  3. So well said nonnie, thank you for saying what so many think but never express. Cheers from north of the border…

    • Hello cynical one with no equal. ❤ I just went over to your site to look at those beautiful photographs of forests. I needed that little piece of peace right now.

      I am very proud that some Democrats are standing up to the nonsense of "thoughts and prayers." If those worked, I would still wear a size 6, and I would never need moisturizer again.

      Cheers, my friend. ❤