Statement from Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, in Response to Tragedy
Washington, D.C. – “We stand together with the LGBTQ community, Latino community, young people, and all of those impacted by yesterday’s mass shooting in Florida. Attacking any individual because of their sexual orientation, race or ethnic background is an assault on our collective humanity. And the ease with which the perpetrator of this crime was able to obtain assault weapons, is once again, a dark reminder of the urgent and long overdue reforms needed at the federal and state level to control access to guns in this country.
While the nation searches for answers, we must remain firmly committed to the principles of respect and tolerance that define us as a nation. We must condemn misguided acts of retaliation and do our part to prevent a backlash against our Muslim neighbors.
Our democracy demands that we unite in the pursuit of equality, dignity and freedom that every individual in this country so rightly deserves. We call for vigilance against hate, overdue reform of gun laws and continued peace.”