Alabama politicians react to deadly shooting at Orlando nightclub

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Bystanders wait down the street from a multiple shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. [Photo Credit: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]

Following a deadly shooting early Sunday morning that claimed the lives of at least 50, including the gunman, at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Alabama politicians offered their condolences for the victims and their somber support for people in Orlando.

Here’s what they’re saying:

Governor Robert BentleyAlabama Governor Robert Bentley (via news release):

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has been briefed by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the tragedy in Orlando. The act of terror appears at this hour to be an isolated incident with no known immediate threats. However, Alabamians should be on alert, especially when attending large mass gatherings throughout the state. As always, if you see something, say something. Report anything suspicious to the Alabama Fusion Center. ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler is receiving regular briefings as the situation unfolds.

The taking of innocent lives is always a hate crime, and any act of terror is a threat to everyone’s security. Alabamians are strong in love and in faith, and I ask the people of our state to pray for the Orlando families, for law enforcement and, yes, for our enemies. We remain diligent in protecting the safety and security of all Alabamians.

Luther Strange headshotAlabama Attorney General Luther Strange (via Facebook post):

Sending our prayers to Orlando.


Senator Richard ShelbyU.S. Senator Richard Shelby (via Facebook post):

I’m deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders.

Bradley Byrne Official fraudAlabama 1st District U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne:

The tragedy in Orlando is a strike at every American. Our hearts go out to the wounded and their families, but most especially to the family and loved ones of all who were killed. There is no room for hate in America, and this ugly crime is the result of a coward following his own hate. It doesn’t matter what the source of that hate was – it was and is an affront to God himself.

Martha Roby OfficialAlabama 2nd District U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby (via Facebook post):

I’m horrified and heartbroken by the terrorist attack in Orlando. I’m praying for the victims and their families, and I ask others to send prayers of comfort and healing for everyone affected.

This is the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001. Though reports on the killer’s ties to specific groups still coming in, we must fully dispel the notion that our struggle against radical Islamic terrorism is solely an overseas fight. That fight is here in the Homeland, and all American leaders must come to grips with it.

Robert Aderholt OfficialAlabama 4th District U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt (via news release):

I was sad to hear about the terrorist attack in Orlando, on American soil. This and other attacks we have seen, prove that we do not have the luxury of debating the political correctness of ‘radical Islam ‘. We need to focus on these and other terrorists and do whatever it takes to identify and hunt down those who would do us harm.

It was disheartening to hear some in the media, and even the President in his initial remarks, use this tragedy as a means to push any type of political agenda relating to gun control. Terrorists by their very definition are criminals and will find a way get their hands on guns. What the president is proposing would take guns away from the very people who would defend themselves.

That said, it is too soon to inject politics into the discussion. The White House and Congress should focus on the task at hand – protecting the homeland.

Gary Palmer OfficialAlabama 6th District U.S. Congressman Gary Palmer (via Facebook post):

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the act of terror in Orlando, their families and the first responders.

It is clear the fight against terror has reached the Homeland, but we as Americans cannot give in to terror. Instead, we must stand together and defend the safety of our nation against those who wish to do us harm.

Tommy Battle headshotHuntsville Mayor Tommy Battle:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of Orlando. From one community to another, we stand with you.

In vivid instances of hate like the episode of terror early this morning, we’re reminded that we as a people cannot let violence define our city, our state, or our nation. In Huntsville, we will not tolerate bigotry or intolerance. Truly, we are stronger – better – when we unite together as Americans.

It is important to know that we have no reason to believe Huntsville is under any threat at this time. We’ve been in close contact with the Huntsville Police department since early this morning and will continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate measures to keep Huntsville safe.

The ability to live our lives peacefully is one of our most basic responsibilities as leaders and public servants. And it’s one we’ll continue to stand up for vigorously.


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