Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement following the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016, that claimed the lives of 49 individuals and injured more than 50:
“I am devastated by the horrific and senseless violence and loss of life that took place early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida. As we learn more about this brutal shooting, it appears that this attack was driven by hate. This kind of violence and hatred has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. I join North Carolinians in mourning the loss of so many innocent lives including Mr. Shane Evan Tomlinson, a 2003 graduate of East Carolina University, whose life was taken in the tragic shooting.
“We live in an imperfect world and policymakers must act to prevent these acts from becoming the norm in our country. In this terrible and sad time, I am keeping the families and loved ones of those impacted by the tragedy in Orlando in my thoughts and prayers.”