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Rep. Lewis on Most Deadly Mass Shooting in American History

June 13, 2016
Press Release

“As the details of this tragic incident become more clear, I am deeply saddened and very disturbed by what has been visited on the Orlando community.  As I said earlier today, how many more must die?  How long must we wander through this dark killing field filled with the broken bodies of hundreds—even precious little children—before we finally take strong action against the accessibility of assault weapons in this country? 

We have the right in a democratic society to differ with others, to choose alternate lifestyles and places of worship.  And we even have the right to find fault with others and debate these issues  passionately in the public square, but there is nothing—not one thing, not anything—that can justify the murder of innocent people.  

This is a terrible vicious act that must be condemned by the community of nations.  I hope it will remind all of us of the critical urgency to build a society and a world community that does not so readily reach for violence as a way to solve human problems.  And I hope it will compel us to seriously reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said,“We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we will all perish together as fools.

The people of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia send their most profound and heartfelt prayers to the people  of Orlando.  We lift up the victims, their families and the LGBTQ community of Orlando.  We pray they will all be rocked and soothed in the protective arms of unconditional divine love in the difficult and dark days of healing that lie ahead.”

You can see my message about the tragic events in Orlando on YouTube.