Georgia’s candidates for governor, republican Brian Kemp and democrat Stacey Abrams, have each released statements about the Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, which claimed 11 lives. Here’s what they had to say:
Stacey Abrams released the following statement about the shooting:
“My heart grieves for the entire Jewish community and is with Pittsburgh today, including the brave law enforcement officers who responded to today’s shooting with such courage and professionalism. Houses of worship should be safe spaces for our communities, our faith, and our families. All Americans of good conscience must call out this vile act for exactly what it is – vicious anti-Semitism stoked by hateful rhetoric. Our Jewish neighbors are our friends, our community members, and our sisters and brothers. Our enemies should know that we will stand by them and support them and protect them no matter the cost.
“As the flames of such hate have increasingly threatened our country and our loved ones, we as leaders have an obligation to combat such ideology and take an immovable stance against violence that targets anyone for how they pray, what they look like, where they’re from, or who they love. We must also commit ourselves to finding common-sense solutions to end gun violence and ensure our right to safe communities. Our lives – and the future of our country – depend on it.”
Responding to the shooting on Twitter, Brian Kemp called the shooter, Robert Bowers, a “deranged killer.” Here is Kemp’s tweet: