June 13, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC –
Congressman Tom Reed issued the following statement:
In the wake of the terrorist shootings at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, Tom Reed renewed his calls to defeat radical Islamic terrorism and do more to help our law enforcement to prevent these attacks. “Our thoughts in prayers go out to everyone impacted by this act of terror. These people were attacked for who they are, be it based on their sexual orientation or because they are American,” said Reed. “We care about keeping all Americans safe and that means we must proactively engage the real enemy, radical Islamic terrorism. It’s only right that we come together to defeat terrorism and keep Americans safe.”
Over 50 people were murdered, with 53 additional injured, at the nightclub which is frequented by the LGBTQ community.
The terrorist, Omar Mateen, claimed solidarity with ISIS prior to the attack. The son of Afghan immigrants, Mateen was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), three times previously but was deemed not to pose a threat.
“We thank local law enforcement for their swift and heroic action to address this situation and we must determine what tools we can offer them to keep them and us safe. That is why we are calling for a congressional hearing to find out why after two separate investigations, Omar Mateen was deemed not to be a threat,” said Reed. “We need better information sharing between our intelligence agencies and law enforcement and to cut down on bureaucracy. We can and should do more to put a stop to this kind of attack in the future.”