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Democratic lawmaker vows not to participate in moment of silence for Las Vegas victims

A Democratic representative from Massachusetts said in a tweet that he refuses to take a moment of silence for Las Vegas shooting victims. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

What's the story?

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said on Twitter Monday morning that he will not participate in a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas along with his colleagues on the House floor, because it is an "excuse for inaction."

What action is he calling for?

As he did after the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, Moulton is calling for Congress to pass more gun control legislation.

Why does it matter?

Sunday's mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival has fueled the ongoing controversy over gun laws, with gun control advocates insisting the country needs more gun laws, and Second Amendment advocates calling for citizens to have the right to protect themselves from criminals.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Americans should "put politics aside" and "stand up to the NRA" following the deadly mass shooting.

Read more on the Las Vegas shooting here.

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