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WASHINGTON – Tragedies tend to bring people together, but the largest mass shooting in United States history has sparked political fights at the Capitol.
In all, 49 victims were killed when a gunman opened fire inside an Orlando nightclub this past weekend.
On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives sought to have a moment of silence to remember the victims of the massacre.
However, several representatives felt that more needed to be done to honor the victims.
Connecticut Rep. Jim Hines and a few other Democratic members of the House walked out.
Hines said he is seeking to pass stricter gun control bills that would prevent tragedies like what happened in Orlando from occurring.
The shooter had previously been known to the FBI for being sympathetic to terrorists.
FBI Director James Comey said Monday that the agency is “highly confident” the gunman was radicalized, at least in part, by viewing extremism on the Internet.
Despite that, he was legally able to obtain weapons and ammunition.
Hines says a moment of silence solves nothing, but legislation could change things.
“I could have passed some legislation, but instead I decided to observe yet another moment of silence. I just decided that was enough. That is not leadership. I am not doing it,” Hines told NBC News.
However, Republicans feel gun control is not the answer.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said the country needs to do more to secure America. He says that although the gunman was born here, his parents immigrated from Afghanistan.