Reacting to the massacre of 50 people at the Orlando gay nightclub, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called for the "need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad."
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, Clinton said she joined all Americans in praying for the victims and said redoubling efforts "means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values."
Clinton also had a special message for the LGBT community, saying "please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America.
Urging that this is the time for the country to stand together, Clinton added that "we need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals. This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets."
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