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This Congressman Refuses to Attend Another Moment of Silence

In a time of a national tragedy, some people find comfort in expressing their thoughts and prayers for victims with a moment of silence.

But others find such sentiments to be frustrating, because they highlight inaction instead of making actual change.

One congressman is particularly frustrated.

Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents Connecticut’s 4th District, took a strong stand against Congress' proposed moment of silence on Twitter:

He continued, calling the moments of silence an "abomination":

On Monday, Himes spoke out against Congress' inaction on gun violence during an impassioned address on the House floor.

"Silence. That is what we offer an American that supports many of the things we could do to slow the bloodbath. Silence. Not me. Not anymore," Himes said. "I will no longer stand here absorbing the faux concern, contrived gravity and tepid smugness of a House complicit in the weekly bloodshed. Sooner or later, the country will hold us accountable for our inaction, but as you bow your head and think of what you will say to your God when you are asked what you did to slow the slaughter of the innocents. Silence."

Twitter users have expressed similar frustrations.

Himes is joined in his outrage by other members of Congress.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) tweeted his frustration with Congress' silence as well:

"This phenomenon of near constant mass shootings happens only in America – nowhere else," Murphy said on Sunday in response to the Orlando shooting, according to The Huffington Post.

He continued: "Congress has become complicit in these murders by its total, unconscionable deafening silence. This doesn’t have to happen, but this epidemic will continue without end if Congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing – again."

In the aftermath of the shootings, Jennifer Bendery, writer for The Huffington Post, tweeted, "Maybe Congress will sense the urgency and vote this week to ban people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns. Right? *crickets*"

To which Himes responded:

[H/T Huffington Post]