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Virginia Republicans Do Not Mention LGBT Community (or Guns) in Statements on Orlando Mass Shooting


I saw this post at ThinkProgress about Republicans not mentioning the LGBT community, which has experienced a horrendous tragedy (let alone what to do about the scourge of gun violence in America) in their statements on the Orlando mass shooting, and I was curious what Virginia’s members of Congress were saying. As you can see, Republicans studiously avoided any mention of either the LGBT community or guns, while Democrats generally mentioned either the LGBT community, guns or both.

For instance, Rep. Dave Brat (R-7th) used this as an opportunity to tout his anti-Syrian-refugee legislation. Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-9th), Robert Hurt (R-5th) and Scott Rigell (R-2nd) have issued no statements at all so far. See below for more.

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st) mentioned “a gunman,” but nothing about the issue of gun violence of the LGBT community. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-4th) mentioned nothing about either gun violence or the LGBT community.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th) mentioned neither LGBT people or guns, but condemned “radical terrorism” (as opposed to non-radical terrorism?). Bob Goodlatte also mentioned neither, but claimed we’d “continue seeking answers.”

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd) noted both the LGBT community AND the need to do something about gun violence (in his full statement on his website).

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) mentioned that “gun violence must end,” but did not mention the LGBT community specifically on Twitter, Facebook or his Congressional website. Note that Connolly has been a strong advocate of LGBT equality for many years.
Rep. Don Beyer (R-8th) changed his Twitter feed to the LGBT rainbow flag; did not specifically mention gun violence, but note that he’s been strong on that issue over the years.

Sen. Tim Kaine, also a strong advocate for LGBT equality (and ending gun violence), did not mention the LGBT community or the need to do something about guns in his statement.

Sen. Mark Warner, also a strong advocate for LGBT equality (although he has had an “A” rating from the NRA), specifically mentioned the “LGBT community in Orlando,” but not guns.

  • Meanwhile, EW Jackson goes further and further into conspiracy theory/lunatic fringe land.

  • Del. Alfonso Lopez:

    More than 50 people killed or wounded in Orlando at a popular LGBT club – in a horrific and senseless tragedy being described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. All my prayers and thoughts for those lost and injured – and their loved ones.

    When is enough… enough? We have the power to curb these events – to make them less frequent – and to lower the shame of our national body count. There is a sensible center on this issue. Compromise is not a dirty word. I do not have problem with the heritage of hunting – I come from a family of hunters. That being said – you do not need an automatic or semi-automatic weapon to kill a deer… When will we get past the rhetoric about government taking away guns – come together – and have the courage to act?

  • Predictably over-the-top, extreme statement on Orlando by tyrant wannabe and con man Donald Trump.


    Last night, our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months. My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families.

    In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’. For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.

    If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.

    The terrorist, Omar Mir Saddique Mateen, is the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan who openly published his support for the Afghanistani Taliban and even tried to run for President of Afghanistan. According to Pew, 99% of people in Afghanistan support oppressive Sharia Law.

    We admit more than 100,000 lifetime migrants from the Middle East each year. Since 9/11, hundreds of migrants and their children have been implicated in terrorism in the United States.

    Hillary Clinton wants to dramatically increase admissions from the Middle East, bringing in many hundreds of thousands during a first term – and we will have no way to screen them, pay for them, or prevent the second generation from radicalizing.

    We need to protect all Americans, of all backgrounds and all beliefs, from Radical Islamic Terrorism – which has no place in an open and tolerant society. Radical Islam advocates hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans. I am going to be a President for all Americans, and I am going to protect and defend all Americans. We are going to make America safe again and great again for everyone.

    – Donald J. Trump

  • True Blue

    tRump is getting colorful twitter pushback:

    Comments below are from: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/06/fox-news-expert-if-take-we-take-terrorists

    Bob Hopeless –
    “So the argument is that since the shooter was able to get past the toothless gun control laws, the only response is to give up entirely”.

    pete – “I grow so sick of this sh*t.We can’t prevent people from building bombs. We can’t prevent people from driving trucks into crowds. We can’t prevent insane people from taking the final plunge into being a mass-murderer. But you know what we can do?
    We can make it harder for criminals, psychopaths, and people investigated by the FBI and known to be unstable by everyone who knew him to legally purchase an effing arsenal without even tripping a warning of some kind!” YES!

    What does the GOP and Conspiracy Industrial Complex say about this?

  • True Blue

    I counted 14 tweets from the twit EW Jackson (on Blue Virginia), and only one hints at compassion and concern for the victims! Despicable man.

    • He’s basically evil incarnate.

  • Rep. Beyer Statement On Pulse Nightclub Shooting

    June 13, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning:

    “Our hearts are broken. Forty-nine Americans, in the primes of their lives, murdered in the name of an evil ideology, targeted for their sexual orientation. I don’t want to believe the death toll. As with so many tragedies in our nation’s and the world’s history, we cannot fathom the cruelty and raw evil of man’s inhumanity to man.

    “But it seems essential that we figure out how to stop these slaughters.

    “Number one, we must make progress on gun safety. When the Founding Fathers wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights to our Constitution, the right for a “well-regulated militia to keep and bear arms” certainly did not anticipate military grade automatic weapons capable of killing huddled school children and dancing young people by the dozens in seconds. Banning assault weapons must be a meaningful first step.

    “Number two, we must be committed to the long term fight against Islamic extremism. Yes, we have our own share of psychopathic, sociopathic young men who kill for ideology or joy. But the ISIS and al-Qaeda inspired missions to kill infidels and to proclaim an Islamic caliphate have created an ideological terror center for the most unbalanced people within a massive, historic, peaceful religion. While respecting the millions of Muslims who live, work, and build communities with us, contributing to our American society and culture – still, we must be relentless in detecting, disrupting, and destroying the extremist cells and their acolytes, here and abroad.

    “Number three, we must recognize that homophobia cannot be contained. Hatred breeds hatred. We are horrified that one man targeted LGBT victims at two a.m. on an Orlando Sunday morning. But we are not blameless, when we tell government contractors it is okay to discriminate against someone because they are gay or lesbian – or tell transgender school children that we will not respect their gender identity.

    “Our sincere, sustained message of inclusion will create a powerful wall against LGBT hate.

    “We live in an imperfect world. But let’s do what we can – ban assault weapons, destroy ISIS, and celebrate our LGBT friends and family. Perhaps this is how we best honor the fallen of Orlando.”

  • FrankUnderwoodSr

    Typical Democrat nonsense. Democrats always show their Pavlovian response to any shooting with identity politics and gun control. The entire premise of this article is false. Essentially every politician, left or right, showed tremendous compassion for the victims.

    Your shtick is getting very old and getting much harder to sell to the masses. Most thinking Americans already know that the solution to this problem has nothing to do with “gun control” or “LGBT discrimination”, and they are fed up with the politically correct nonsense that is being used to avoid the very real security problem we have in this country. Hence the rise of Donald Trump. Articles like this actually help Donald Trump get elected. Democrats are hopelessly delusional on this issue.