WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Unspeakable horror in Orlando has Americans toiling in disbelief. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to find answers. After nearly 50 people died in Orlando, lawmakers get back to work in Washington, first paying respects to victims and their families, then addressing the never-ending debate over terrorism and gun control.
"We don’t have to do this,” said Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL). "We can come to terms on our disagreements in other ways, we don’t have to go through this. This serves nobody.”
Yoho says this one hit too close to home. He says we’ve seen way too much of this in our country, and Americans need to return to basic values, like respecting human life. Yoho thinks it’s important to discuss curbing gun violence, but that’s not the root issue of attacks like the one at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
He thinks screening processes and mental health counseling are crucial preventative measures that Congress and the administration should work more on. The Congressman also stressed the need for constituents to stay vigilant.
"I think if there’s good cause, you should call people out on this,” said Yoho. "We have to be diligent at this day and time. There’s a lot of bad people out there who want to do us harm.”
Congresswoman Gwen Graham (D-FL) also commented on the attack, saying, "This act of terror is a hate crime against the entire LGBT community, and reminds us that hate and extremism is dangerous and disgusting in any form.”