As tragedies like the Orlando massacre become routine, politicians’ responses can feel equally predictable.

There are the statements calling the killings “senseless,” an “outrage.” The calls for prayer. The moments of silence. The candlelight vigils. And, most common on Monday, the photos of flags at half-staff around Washington, D.C. to honor the dead.

It’s not that these reactions aren’t sincere — they are. But it takes something more to break the traditional mold of public grief.

Cue Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat, on Twitter:

Himes made headlines Sunday for saying he will no longer attend moments of silence on the House floor after episodes of gun violence. An advocate for stricter gun laws, particularly after the 2012 Newtown, Conn., massacre in an adjacent district, Himes said the practice “mocks” victims and lets the House off the hook when it comes to changing policy.

It will be interesting to see if other members choose to join Himes in abandoning the floor as a means of protest. In the meantime, here’s how he continued on Twitter:

Himes chose to engage with followers, including an anonymous critic:

And the leader of a conservative policy group: