Ge­or­gia LGBT leg­is­la­tors speak out on Or­lando night­club shoot­ing

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Walmart has fired a Ma­ri­etta man who tweeted out that the shoot­ing at an Or­lando LGBT night­club that left 49 dead was “some­one do­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice.”

The incident started on June 12 when a man us­ing the ac­count @IWil­lTryLater tweeted out “Y’all see a Gay club shoot­ing as a hor­ri­ble tragedy. I see it as some­one do­ing Com­mu­nity Ser­vice.” Dur­ing the morn­ing of June 14 the man’s Twit­ter pro­file said he lives in Ma­ri­etta, but he has since deleted his lo­ca­tion. The Face­book pro­file for a man match­ing his de­scrip­tion and for­mer job ti­tle lists his lo­ca­tion as Ma­ri­etta, Ge­or­gia.

An­other user then tweeted screen­shots of the of­fend­ing tweets to Walmart and asked that dis­ci­plinary ac­tion be taken. By the evening of June 13, Walmart tweeted back that they had fired the man and later con­firmed the ac­tion to Ge­or­gia Voice.

The three openly LGBT mem­bers of the Ge­or­gia leg­is­la­ture are speak­ing out about the June 12 shoot­ing at LGBT Or­lando night­club Pulse, which left 49 dead and 53 in­jured.

“I am heart­bro­ken, an­gry, and de­ter­mined to fight against any sense­less acts of vi­o­lence and hate, es­pe­cially when it tar­gets a strong and lov­ing com­mu­nity. This is not what we stand for, not in Ge­or­gia, and not in this coun­try, and we are bet­ter than this,” said les­bian Rep. Karla Dren­ner (D-Avon­dale Es­tates) in the state­ment. “Ter­ror­ism, gun vi­o­lence, and ho­mo­pho­bia have no place in our so­ci­ety. Our thoughts and prayers con­tinue to be with the vic­tims and LGBT com­mu­nity. Love is love, and noth­ing will change that.”

Rep. Park Can­non ( D-At­lanta), who iden­ti­fies as queer, said, “I am deeply sad­dened to hear of the tragic loss of many in­no­cent lives in Or­lando this past week­end, and will con­tinue to lift prayers for the fam­ily and friends of the vic­tims. Make no mis­take, the LGBT com­mu­nity is un­der at­tack, even within ‘safe spa­ces.’ There are many steps we need to take to lessen the oc­cur­rence of mass shoot­ings, and I hope that Ge­or­gia con­tin­ues on the path of in­still­ing gun safety on our state.”

And les­bian Rep. Keisha Waites (D-At­lanta) said, “What hap­pened in Or­lando this week­end was an ap­palling act of vi­o­lence. As we con­tinue to grow fa­mil­iar with the heart­break of this mis­for­tune around the world, we must stand to­gether and fight for gun safety and equal­ity in the LGBT com­mu­nity.”

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