North Carolina elected officials set aside politics Saturday and condemned in the strongest language possible the mass-shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead and six wounded.
Senator Thom Tillis said it is “beyond disturbing that anti-Semitism continues to exist and fuel such evil.”
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein tweeted that “there is so much that is wrong and so much pain in our nation. We must embrace each other and love each other as human beings. Calling people “evil” or “animals” or “enemies” cannot be accepted. Instead of dehumanizing others, we must make a better way.”
Congressman Mark Walker described the suspect as a “deranged bigot” while Congresswoman Alma Adams condemned the shooting inside a sacred place of love and community.
Rep. Adams worried that “we are raising a generation that will have a real fear of mass shootings and domestic terror. It is time to address our growing divide and to heal our nation.”
Read more responses from North Carolina’s politicos below:
Our hearts break for the victims and families who were gathered on Shabbat and for the officers who fell victim to this savage attack. We must fight anti-Semitism and intolerance and stop the hatred that leads to violence. – RC 2/2
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) October 27, 2018
There is so much that is wrong and so much pain in our nation. We must embrace each other and love each other as human beings. Calling people “evil” or “animals” or “enemies” cannot be accepted. Instead of dehumanizing others, we must make a better way. 2/2
— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) October 27, 2018
Horrible news out of Pittsburgh today. The epidemic of hate-filled violence in our country must be confronted. The time for action to reduce gun
violence is long overdue.
— David E. Price (@RepDavidEPrice) October 27, 2018
Horrific act of hate and terror committed at the Tree of Life Synagogue. My heart goes out the victims, congregation, and community reeling from this tragedy. It’s beyond disturbing that anti-Semitism continues to exist and fuel such evil – it has no place in America or anywhere.
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) October 27, 2018
A place of worship is a scared place of love and community, not a place for violence. We are raising a generation that will have a real fear of mass shootings and domestic terror. It is time to address our growing divide and to heal our nation. I pray for all involved. https://t.co/eQSif8zx8h
— Alma S. Adams (@RepAdams) October 27, 2018
Shabbat is one of the most sacred practices of Judaism. It’s a time to celebrate faith and family. I am absolutely heartbroken that a deranged bigot would use this time to terrorize people for their faith. Violence targeted by religion or politics is abhorrent.
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) October 27, 2018
I am horrified and heartbroken by the vile attack on Tree of Life Synagogue this morning. Anti-semitism will not be tolerated and has no place in our society. We must come together to put an end to such acts of violence and hatred.
— George Holding (@RepHolding) October 27, 2018
Under no circumstance should people have to fear for their lives especially in their place of worship. Heartbroken to hear today's news out of Pittsburgh.
— Linda Coleman For Congress (@LindaForNC) October 27, 2018