WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after at least five people were killed and 18 others injured in a mass-shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement:

“It’s hard to articulate the collective grief and anger we feel in the wake of another mass-shooting.

“Innocent lives were taken and many more shattered by this heinous mass-shooting.  The investigation continues and we must get all the facts about this horrific crime.  The loss of life is devastating and our hearts go out to the victims and the people of Colorado Springs.

“We must not become numb to mass-shootings and violence rooted in hate.

“Every American deserves to live without fear of being targeted for their identity.  The American people deserve leaders who respect people for who they are and seek to foster unity and understanding.

“We must unite against hateful rhetoric that demonizes people because of their sexual orientation.  Together, we stand in support and solidarity with the LGBTQ community.  And we must work together to enact commonsense reforms to halt gun violence.

“More Republicans need to accept the fact that our gun laws are not strong enough. We have to find a way to get weapons of war off our streets.  We can make cities, towns, and communities nationwide safer by reinstating the assault weapons ban.”