The House of Representatives erupted in protest Monday as Democratic lawmakers expressed their disgust with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other members of the Republican Party over their unwillingness to act on gun control. Several Democrats walked out during the moment of silence that was being held in honor of the victims.

Jim Cyburn, of South Carolina, asked Ryan when a vote could be held regarding new gun control laws. The Speaker dismissed Cyburn’s questions as out of order prompting several Democrats to leave in protest.

One of those who left was Connecticut representative Jim Himes who, during an interview earlier Monday morning, said he was done participating in moments of silence related to mass shootings. He called them “obnoxious expressions of smug incompetence” and said they were a perfect metaphor for the Republican Party’s stance on gun control.

Not all Democrats agreed with the protest. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House’s Democratic membership, said she supports the moment of silence, but that Democrats are sick of doing nothing in the wake of such killings. “The moment of silence is an act of respect, and we supported that, but it is not a license to do nothing,” said Pelosi.

This isn’t the first time Democrats have gotten annoyed with the moments of silence that follow mass shootings. Several members of the party criticized the moment of silence held during the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting. While giving a speech on the House floor, Robin Kelly, of Illinois, said “We need to stand up, speak up, and take actions rather than another moment of silence. It is deafening, and it is killing us.”
Speaker Ryan refused to comment on the protest, but a spokesperson for his office tweeted that Democrats were politicizing the moment of silence and said it was disheartening.

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