Moment of silence as House Speaker Paul Ryan reflects on mass shooting in San Bernardino

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Paul Ryan reflects on shooting in San Bernardino at Capitol tree lighting ceremony

WASHINGTON — The mass shooting in California intruded on a normally festive event in Washington Wednesday, December 2nd — the annual lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

House Speaker Paul Ryan asked for a moment of silence and for prayers for the multiple shooting victims at a Southern California social services center.

Before throwing the switch illuminating the tree on the Capitol’s west lawn, Ryan said “I hope it will be a reminder throughout this Christmas season that even in the darkest of times, God is there and He is good.”

The speaker added, “For those of us who are Christian, he gave us his only son.”

After a countdown, the 74-foot Alaskan spruce was lit and the United States Army Band performed “O Christmas Tree.”

At least 14 people were killed in the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino Wednesday.


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