WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Unspeakable horror in Orlando has Americans toiling in disbelief. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to find answers as they were briefed by top administration officials Tuesday.
More than two days since the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FBI Director James Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson briefed a Congress still looking for ways to proceed as the debates over terrorism and gun control reignite.
"There are always lethal instrumentalities out there for those that want to kill,” said Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) who sits on the House Committee on Homeland Security. "We should be talking about those that want to kill and why they’re acting.”
Ratcliffe says in this case the shooter acted case because of his twisted ideology. Director Comey and Secretary Johnson briefed Ratcliffe and his colleagues, and while it was classified, the Congressman says the briefing revealed quite a lot.
"It’ll really change at the end of the day what the picture is of who Omar Mateen was and what his motivations were,” said Ratcliffe.
Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) says moving forward, the actions necessary are simple; identifying the threat as radical Islamic terrorism, and combating that threat.
"What we’ve got to do is make sure that the bad people don’t get the guns, and the problem is they do.” said Williams. "You can have all kinds of laws and all kinds of regulations, and it’s still not going to keep people from doing harm to folks.”
Williams says the attack that targeted the LGBT club was an attack on all Americans.
"It doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is, your religion, if you’re a bad person wanting to hurt Americans, you don’t belong here,” said Williams.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) also reacted to the attack, saying,"This attack reiterates the need for our country to fundamentally rethink the gun culture and the laws that surround it in America.”