Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue ‘Heinous,’ ‘Cowardly’

Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics

In response to the shooting of the congregants and police officers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Grace Meng released the following statements:

Governor Andrew Cuomo: “The New York family grieves for those who were killed and prays for those who were injured in this heinous and horrific mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“While the nation awaits further details of what occurred, initial reports suggest that this senseless act of gun violence was an anti-Semitic attack and we stand together with the Jewish community in this difficult time as we always have before. As a precaution, I have directed state police to increase patrols around Jewish centers and houses of worship across the state.

“We, as a nation, must stand together and stand against the corrosive and destructive forces of hate in all of its forms.”

US Rep. Carolyn Maloney: “My heart breaks for the Tree of Life Synagogue community in Pittsburgh today and for the Jewish community nationwide. No one should ever need to worry about their safety in their place of worship. Hate and anti-Semitism must never be tolerated in this country. Today’s shooting is absolutely horrific. May the memories of all those lost be a blessing.

“As we continue to learn more about the situation, one thing is clear, this nation is suffering from an epidemic of gun violence and we need to act. We need to enact smart, commonsense gun control laws to fight this scourge that is affecting every corner of our country.”

US Rep. Grace Meng: “The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue was a shocking and horrifying act, and I am disgusted and sickened by this evil and cowardly attack.

“There is no place in our society for anti- Semitism or hate of any kind. This assault on the Jewish community is an attack on us all and it must be denounced as strongly as possible by every single person in our country.

“With anti-Semitism on the rise, we must all speak out and stand against these heinous acts. We must do everything we can to confront and combat hate wherever it occurs and in whatever form it takes, and I will do everything in my power to fight against it, and keep people safe.

“As we mourn the victims of this tragedy, I ask everybody across the nation to keep the families of those killed, and the entire Tree of Life congregation, in their thoughts and prayers. I stand with the people of Pittsburgh, and all in the Jewish community at this very difficult time.”

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