Senator Ron Johnson reacts to Orlando shooting

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Senator Ron Johnson, Chair of the Homeland Security Senate Committee, is responding to the Orlando shooting saying, “we must unite to defeat terrorism’s threat to our nation’s security.”

He says his committee is working hard “to support the federal role in investigating this terror attack and protecting against further threats.”

Local 5 spoke with Senator Johnson on Monday, and he says Islamic terrorism is real and we must recognize that it’s a growing threat.

Senator Johnson says it’s important to have immigrant populations to make America strong, but as long as ISIS exists, he believes terrorists will continue to be inspired.

The issue, he says, is not about gun control, but about the need to degrade and defeat ISIS as quickly as possible.

“The analogy I use is let’s say you have a hornet’s nest in your back, you can poke it with a stick and you may be making some progress but you’re not taking care of the problem. You’ve got to take out the hornet’s nest, and we have to defeat ISIS. We have to wipe them off the face of the planet,” says Senator Johnson.

He believes we must unite as Americans to defeat terrorism’s threat to our nation’s security.

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