U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement regarding this morning’s attack in Orlando.

“We know that violent Islam is bent on turning American cities into war zones and, given comments from the FBI, it appears that Orlando could be the latest front. We mourn the deaths of innocent victims, all made in the image of God. Violent Islam, whether it's card-carrying members of ISIS or al-Qa’ida or its crowd-sourced attackers, must be defeated.”