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Iowa LGBT organization releases statement of shooting at Florida gay nightclub

DES MOINES — One Iowa, an Iowa LGBT organization, responded to the tragic shooting at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando Florida, and said attack was result of not having “adequate gun laws”

One Iowa’s Executive Director Donna Red Wing released the following statement:

“Our hearts broke at the news of the massacre in Orlando. We send prayers and blessings to the Orlando friends, families and community.

We know that this kind of event can only happen when a group of people are believed to be ‘less than’, ‘different from’ and ‘the other.’ The rhetoric used against us, as LGBT people, fuels hatred and violence.

We also know that this carnage can only happen when we did not have adequate gun laws.

And so, Orlando was the perfect storm of hate violence and gun access. All of LGBT America mourns today. And all of LGBT America is more afraid than it was yesterday. The Culture Wars of hate and violence found its place in Orlando last night. It is not over.

Today as we celebrate Pride in Des Moines, we mourn our community’s loss.”

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