Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein posted the following to Facebooktoday regarding today’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida:
My heart goes out to all the victims in Orlando and their family members and loved ones. My thoughts and hopes are with the injured for their swift recovery.
This tragedy reminds us once again that our country needs to take action to restrict access to assault weapons that enable such mass killings to occur with such frightening regularity.
All episodes of needless slaughter are uniquely horrifying. In this case, it is especially disturbing that the murders occurred at a gay nightclub when many were celebrating gay pride and recent progress against discrimination towards members of the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately passing laws against discrimination – whether based on sexual orientation, race, gender or national origin – does not eliminate hate or the threat of violence.
This latest tragedy compels us to raise our voices against all such violence – whether motivated by religious extremism (Christian, Islamic or other), anti-LGBTQ intolerance, racist bigotry, anti-immigrant hatred, abusive policing, or needless state sanctioned violence.
Likewise we must raise our voices in support of equality, understanding and nonviolence and to create a welcoming, tolerant and peaceful community for all. #LoveWins❤️????
The Green Party issued a shorter statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States expressed deep sympathy for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, with their loved ones, with the LGBTQIA+ community, and with the people of Orlando and Florida.
The Green Party condemns terrorism and abhors violence, especially the infliction of harm against civilians.
Greens urged authorities to investigate and bring anyone else associated with the incident to justice. Green Party leaders stressed that the crime must not be exploited either to blame Muslims or immigrants or to suggest that LGBTQIA+ people are less than innocent.
Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson also said the following onFacebook:
In this immediate aftermath of what is clearly a tragic and despicable attack, our thoughts must be with the victims. Regardless of what the motivation is ultimately found to be, this violence against innocent people simply going about their lives is both cowardly and infuriating.
We must allow the authorities to do their jobs, understand how this attack came about, and then respond accordingly. It is not a time to either politicize or jump to conclusions.