Himes: It all started with a tweet

Connecticut representative Jim Himes. (AP Photo)

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut 4th District Congressman Jim Himes says he never imagined he was starting an online frenzy with his congressional walk out earlier this week. He talked about it in a one-on-one interview on Friday.

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Himes: “I never imagined when I sent that tweet on Sunday night, saying that ‘I’d had enough’ of responding to yet another massacre with nothing more than ten seconds of silence…I never imagined it would generate the kind of reaction it did. The reason it generated that reaction, of course, is people out there are immensely frustrated by congressional inaction.  And then, of course, you had the Murphy filibuster which, I think, attracted a lot of attention as well.”
Davis: Murphy’s filibuster has brought about, apparently, there’s going to be some votes next week…what exactly did the walk out accomplish?
Himes: “Well, the walkout galvanized a lot of people and demonstrated the energy, the frustration, even the anger that exists for an institution, and I’m talking about the House of Representatives now in which I serve, where you’ve got 435 people who with a half day’s work could pass universal background checks, bills like we passed here in Connecticut which put reasonable limits on the kind of weapon you can buy…this guy in Orlando was, without much trouble at all, able to get a military grade weapon.”
Davis:What do you say to people on the other side of this who say that you and Murphy are ‘showboating?’
Himes: “Look, accusing us of grandstanding is yet one more piece of the fog that people who are satisfied wit the status quo or scared that the status quo might change throw up there. It’s up there with; ‘the only way to stop a bad guy with a guy is a good guy with a gun.’ Well, you know what? There was a good guy with a gun at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando who did not stop the massacre…that we’re somehow against 2nd Amendment rights. I’m not, I support the 2nd Amendment, I like recreational shooting.”

Congressman Himes was back in his Fairfield County district Friday, and has scheduled an event with Muslim and LGBT leaders Saturday at a church in Stamford.

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