Reaction to Orlando, Florida nightclub shooting Sunday; at least 50 dead, 53 injured

Posted at 9:44 AM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 19:03:47-04

Police say 50 people have been killed inside a Florida nightclub and at least 53 were injured.

Senator James Lankford released the statement below hours after the mass shooting in Orlando.

Freedom Oklahoma said in a statement Sunday that the shooting in Orlando is "absolutely tragic."

"The shooting in Orlando is absolutely tragic. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our sisters and brothers in Florida. This is a difficult time for our community; however we ask that everyone stand strong, be vigilant, and watch out for one another. We must not allow acts of violence or terrorism to intimidate us. As Oklahomans we understand as well as anyone how devastating attacks like this can be, but we can not allow fear to define us."

Oklahomans for Equality released the following statement Sunday afternoon following the Orlando massacre.

“Today we’re focused on the victims and the tragedy,” Oklahomans for Equality Executive Director Toby Jenkins said. “We’ve all been reminded that no public spaces are safe from the threat of terrorism. We simply have to get to a place where we can talk to each other rather than using violence to address our grievances. We are better than this.”

In a media release Sunday night, ORU President, William M. Wilson said "Our hearts hurt for the families of those who lost their lives in the Orlando shooting," said Wilson. "And we pray for those dealing with injuries." 

The statement went on to say "May peace and grace find those that need it, and may love find the darkened hearts."

The Tulsa Police Department also said it was horrified by the events in Orlando. The department also said it would be stepping up security at certain local events.

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