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MP on Orlando shootings

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael.

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has described the tragic Orlando shootings at the weekend as an attack on the values of all who live in a free society.

Home secretary Theresa May spoke in the House of Commons on Monday regarding the security threat to the UK following the homophobic attack.

Fifty people died and a further 53 were wounded, some very seriously, during the attack at the LGBT nightclub Pulse in the early hours of Sunday.

During the debate, Carmichael said: “The intended targets of this vicious and homophobic attack may have been the LGBT community of Orlando, but we should regard it as an attack on us all, because in a free society when a group is attacked because they are different and they are in a minority, then it is an attack on us all. And I think that is how we should see it.

“This is the time for mourning, Mr Speaker, but the time for mourning will pass eventually. And when it does, should the opportunity present itself for the home secretary to say, as a candid friend to our friends in America, then I hope she will say to them that they really need to look again about the availability of guns in their country.”