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Thoughts and Prayers: What N.C.’s Leaders Said about Orlando 

Since Sunday, several North Carolina politicians have offered condolences and sympathies to the families of the forty-nine people murdered at a gay bar in Orlando. We've excerpted some of those statements below—and contrasted them with those politicians' records on gay rights and gun control.

Thoughts and prayers are great, but votes actually matter.

Senator Richard Burr: My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this morning's horrific attack in Orlando and their loved ones.

In 2009, Burr voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, a measure that expanded the federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Last year, Burr opposed a bill that would prevent those on terror watch lists from buying guns.

Senator Thom Tillis: My heart goes out to everyone affected by the horrific act of terror in Orlando. Susan and I are praying for the victims and their family members.

While Speaker of the North Carolina House, Tillis put Amendment 1 on the ballot. Last year, Tillis opposed a bill that would prevent those on terror watch lists from buying guns.

U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers: Keeping victims of #Orlando shooting, medical responders & law enforcement officials in my thoughts & prayers.

Earlier this year, Ellmers voted against an amendment that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees. She also received a 90 percent rating from Gun Owners of America, which Ron Paul once called "the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington."

U.S. Representative Mark Walker: Our thoughts and prayers are with friends and families of those massacred in this horrific attack in Orlando.

Walker called Bruce Springsteen a "bully" for canceling his show in Greensboro earlier this year in protest of HB 2. Walker, like Ellmers, has a 90 percent rating from Gun Owners of America.

U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx: Praying for the injured, the families of those killed in this horrific attack and the people of Orlando.

On June 10, Foxx, who has consistently opposed gay rights, told the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference that America needs a "moral and spiritual foundation in order to survive and thrive," and that Christians must more forcefully insert themselves in the political process. "If people of faith are not involved in political life, then you're leaving it to the Philistines. And I'm not willing to leave it to the Philistines." In 2009, Foxx voted against including attacks on gay people in hate-crimes legislation. In 2013, she voted against the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. She's also a staunch supporter of gun rights.

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