Hillary Clinton Gives Powerful Response To Orlando Massacre (TWEETS)

On Sunday morning, America awoke to find that the most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history had taken place at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando. Once again, the nation is mourning the lives of innocent people who became a target for hate. Names of the victims have just begun to be released, but at least 50 people died and another 54 were wounded in the deadly rampage.

Hillary Clinton issued a powerful statement, calling the massacre “an act of terror” and reiterating that we must continue our fight against terrorism, in all its forms.

This was an act of terror. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hard at work, and we will learn more in the hours and days ahead. For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home.

“It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values,” wrote the presumptive Democratic nominee defiantly.

She then addressed what so many Republicans can’t even bring themselves to admit, acknowledging without a doubt that this was not just an act of terrorism, but also a hate crime, as the people who lost their lives were targeted because they were gay.

This was also an act of hate. The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America.

Clinton closed her statement by calling for gun control legislation. The weapon used in the attack was an AR-15, the same kind of assault rifle used in Newtown and Aurora. According to the FBI, the shooter, Omar Mateen, was a “known quantity” and had been questioned by the FBI repeatedly. Being a suspected terrorist, he wouldn’t be allowed to fly on an airplane, but thanks to the NRA, he was still able to legally purchase the guns used in the attack just days ahead of the shooting. Republicans shot down the bill that would have changed that.

Finally, we need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals. This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.

Clinton didn’t stop there. Following the release of her statement, she continued speaking on Twitter about the senseless tragedy that took the lives of so many.

Hillary’s powerful response shows just how ready she is to lead this country. It’s a stark contrast to the bigoted rhetoric that Donald Trump has been spitting out in response to this tragedy. While Trump begins screaming to “ban all the Muslims,” Hillary will be fighting to take real steps to keep us safe, starting with getting guns off our streets.

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