Houston officials, leaders respond to Orlando nightclub shooting

HOUSTON – During the holiest time of the year for Muslims, the annual Ramadan Dinner brought out hundreds of Muslim-Americans and people of many other faiths on what was a very difficult day due to the mass shooting in Orlando.

Mayor Sylvester Turner was there with comforting words for all — telling the audience that we are all one community and not to let the actions of one deeply, disturbed man divide us.

“Tonight, as painful as it is in Orlando and in the United States, I think we are all still blessed to be in the city of Houston, the most diverse city in the United States,” Turner said.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee brought together religious leaders of all faiths. She promised to launch legislation as early as Monday to ban assault type weapons with the help of Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida.

Jackson Lee also wants to limit the size of certain types of ammunition that can have particularly devastating effects on the human body.

“The Congresswoman representing Orlando and myself will introduce legislation banning assault weapons, which the AR-15 is and to put in standards regarding the size bullet that was used or was able to be used against another human being”, Lee said.

At the same time, those of the Muslim faith condemned the actions of the Orlando gunman.

“The Muslim-American community does not subscribe to this behavior. We condemn this in the strongest possible manner,” Zafar Tahir said.

Turner also ordered that Houston City Hall be lit up in the colors representing LGBT pride. 

The mayor plans to hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at sundown to honor all those who lost their lives in Orlando.