House Democrats frustrated over the lack of a gun reform bill chanted “where’s the bill, where’s the bill” after observing a moment of silence, Monday, for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) attempted to address last year’s deadly shooting at a black church in his home state. Clyburn wanted to know when gun control legislation would be considered. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) ordered the House to move on and vote on an unrelated issue.
Ryan’s move frustrated Democrats.
“We just think having moments of silence every time something like this happens rather than fashioning some response to what maybe the causes of it (is a problem),” Clyburn told the press.
“I think people are frustrated that all we do in response to these terrible atrocities is take 10 seconds to have a moment of silence,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).
“The moment of silence is an act of respect and we supported that but it is not a license to do nothing and […] Republicans have afforded it that power,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Pelosi said the House has had 11 moments of silence for other shootings in the last year and a half, further punctuating what Democrats believe is a need for gun control.
Clyburn wants the House to make progress on three gun control measures, including one that would close a background check loophole and another that would prevent people on the FBI watch list from buying weapons.