Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is weighing in on the deadly shootingthat took place in Garland, Texas over the weekend.
Authorities say two suspects were killed after they opened fire outside an event that featured a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. According to reports, it’s believed that mass shooting could have taken place at the event, had a security guard not intervened.
Jindal, in a statement released today through his political action committee, blamed radical Islam for the attack. Jindal, who has been weighing a run for president, has frequently spoken out on attacks linked to radical Islam.
Here’s his statement:
“The shooting in Texas this weekend appears to have been committed by individuals who claim to be some sort of radical Islamists. Whether they are in any way connected to ISIS or Al Qaeda is not known at this time, nor does it matter much.
“There has been some discussion in the media on the nature of the event where the shooting occurred. It has been described as a contest for cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad. Some have said that this may be offensive to some folks. Whether it offends some folks or not does not matter. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, death and violence are never an appropriate response to a perceived offense.
“The truth of the matter is that even though President Obama will not admit it – Islam has a problem, and it is called radical Islam. And the proponents of radical Islam hate our First Amendment, they hate freedom of speech and they want to destroy it and us.
“We can never deal with this problem without admitting it exists. It’s time for our President to stand up and speak the truth to the American people and to the world.
“It is also time for Muslim leaders everywhere to step up and declare that perpetrators of such violence are the enemy, they are wrong, and they will NOT be rewarded in the afterlife. These Muslim leaders also need to directly state that they are tolerant of every person in the world who does not share their religious views, and they condemn anyone who commits violence in the name of Islam. This is not too much to ask.”