Pallone Blasts Ryan Over Moment of Silence Without Accompanying Action

Congressman Frank Pallone.

Congressman Frank Pallone.

In the aftermath of the Orlando killings, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) counted himself among those Democratic congress people appalled by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s call for a moment of silence in the U.S. House of Representatives while failing to post what Pallone says is a sensible gun bill.

“As Members of Congress, it is not enough to ask for a moment of silence,” said Pallone. “It is not enough to express our thoughts and prayers. It is not enough to call for action, we must enact change.  We have reached a point as lawmakers and as Americans where we have a question to answer: Can we stand up to special interests and enact the sensible, bipartisan gun reforms that the country wants and can save lives?

“We need to ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons. We need to prevent those on the no fly list and suspected terrorists from buying weapons,” the congressman added. “We owe the victims of the horrific tragedy in Orlando a serious attempt to solve this problem. It is disingenuous to express condolences without taking action on an issue where Congress has the opportunity to make a difference.”