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True honor

Two years ago, 49 people, primarily of color, were murdered at the LGBTQ Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, it was one of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation's history.

What can be said that hasn't been said before.

We walk out of our schools and places of work. We stand together in memory. Thoughts. Prayers. Moments of silence. Another shooting. And repeat the cycle.

It's the next step that matters more than any of that. Because it's beyond time to reject silence. To take action. To say, "no more."

I said it before, and I'll repeat it today: I will no longer stand here absorbing the faux concern, contrived gravity, and tepid smugness of leaders complicit in the weekly bloodshed.

We must honor the victims at Pulse, at schools, at churches, at movie theaters, everywhere this is happening. And there is no greater honor than making sure that this doesn't happen anywhere ever again.

We must work toward increased gun safety if we are to truly honor the victims who died in these brutal killings. And that starts with Congress – now.


Posted on June 12, 2018.

Meet Jim

Congressman Jim Himes is a tireless voice for common-sense, independent solutions to the challenges facing Connecticut. He's looking out for the middle class, fighting for affordable health care for all, taking on special interests like the NRA to end gun violence, and working to create economic opportunity for working families.

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