'It doesn't save one life!': A House member erupts after moment of silence for Santa Fe.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman belted out her frustrations over gun violence at an emotionally charged moment on the House floor.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman at a press conference in 2015. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

In the House of Representatives on May 21, the 10 names of those who lost their lives in the Santa Fe, Texas, high school shooting were read aloud, and Republican Rep. Randy Weber requested a moment of silence for the victims in his district.

The instant the gavel banged to end the moment, Watson Coleman — a New Jersey Democrat who's been staunchly in favor of stronger gun laws — began yelling, her voice filling the quiet chamber.


"Your moment of silence doesn’t save one single solitary life!" she screamed. "Do something!"

The moment of silence begins at about the 2:40 mark in the video below, shared by NBC News (story continues below):

House floor moment of silence for victims of Santa Fe High School shooting

"Your moment of silence doesn't save one single solitary life ... do something!" New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman yells out after the US House holds a moment of silence for those killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting. https://nbcnews.to/2IEFWOI

Posted by NBC News on Monday, May 21, 2018

Watson Coleman's outburst reflects the same frustration many Americans have as Congress fails to act after yet another senseless massacre.

Thoughts and prayers were offered by Republicans after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. They were offered after the Sutherland Springs church shooting. They were offered after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. They've been offered time and time again.

But without real legislation — overwhelmingly popular, bipartisan, commonsense gun control laws — thoughts and prayers won't change the status quo.

"We can and should pray, just like we can and must do something," Watson Coleman tweeted on May 18.

"I'm lower than heartbroken, I'm sickened that we remain completely frozen on anything to address gun violence in the U.S. in its many forms" she said.

Instead of solely offering thoughts and prayers, let's force Congress to enact real solutions.

And make sure to vote in November too.

Learn more about common sense gun laws at Everytown for Gun Safety. Learn more about registering to vote at USA.gov.

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Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

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And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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