Democrat: No Moment of Silence for San Bernardino

San Bernardino vigil (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who represents southern San Francisco and San Mateo County, has announced that she will boycott any moments of silence for the victims of the San Bernardino terror attack, reinforcing a new left-wing talking point.

“I’m not going to stand up for a moment of silence again and then watch us do nothing. It’s hypocritical and it speaks to our impotence that we think that it’s good enough to just take out one minute and pray for the lives,” she said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Speier’s pledge echoes a new attack on prayer, pushed by left-wing pundits on Wednesday as the attack unfolded, and reflected in Thursday’s lead headline at the New York Daily News: “God Isn’t Fixing This.”

The meme emerged while the left was still trying to blame the terror attack in San Bernardino on the availability of guns–in the most restrictive state for firearms ownership–as the mainstream media theorized that the attack was being carried out by white right-wing militiamen, and not radical Islamic jihadists.

The idea is that those who sent “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and to law enforcement during the attack, instead of calling for immediate gun control legislation, are complicit in the murder.

“The families of those who have died don’t want our one minute of silence. They want some assurance that this kind of conduct is not going to be sanctioned in this country moving forward,” Speier said. “I’ve had it. I have had it with inaction. I’ve had it with the sense that it’s OK that we not act.”

Speier herself was shot five times during the Jonestown Massacre of 1978, when she was a legal aide to Rep. Leo Ryan, who had gone to the jungle in Guyana as part of a fact-finding mission to investigate the Peoples Temple leftist cult. As they attempted to leave at a nearby airstrip, Ryan and his delegation were attacked, while hundreds of people at the campsite committed suicide by drinking poison (the origin of the phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid”).

Hundreds attended a vigil Thursday night in San Bernardino.


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