Loebsack Statement on Mass Shooting in OrlandoWritten by Theresa Rose on June 14, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement in response to the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando early Sunday morning.
“The sights and sounds that have come out of Orlando over the past day in the aftermath of the terrorist attack at Pulse nightclub have been heart wrenching. My heart aches for the families and loved ones of those who were injured or have died as a result of this senseless attack.
“To the members of the LGBT community, please know that I stand with the rest of our nation in supporting you. For this terrorist to seek out and attack innocent people because of who they love, especially in the middle of LGBT Pride month, is unconscionable. We cannot allow hatred and fear to divide us. We must come together to support all Americans who make our nation as strong as it is. I want to encourage all those who are able to help to seek ways in their own neighborhoods to help, by giving blood or donating their time.
“I also want to commend the actions of the law enforcement officers who responded so bravely to this horrific act. Their courage and skill prevented even more deaths and injuries.
“This attack unfortunately serves as another reminder that we have to act to address the epidemic of violence that has spread across our nation. There are steps we can and must take, including improving our background check system, that do not conflict with our Second Amendment rights, to start addressing this issue. The bottom line for me is that our Iowa communities must continue to be a safe and healthy place to live and raise a family for everyone.”