Gov. Branstad, lawmakers react to Orlando shooting

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV) -- Governor Branstad weighed in on the Orlando gay nightclub shooting.

He spoke with KCRG-TV9 during a stop in Keota for a dedication for a veterans memorial.

"My heart goes out to the people that were killed and their families, and I think it underscores why we need to be vigilant, and we need new leadership that's going to take this threat from Islamic terrorism seriously," Branstad said.

"Our country is at risk We've seen it happen at many places. This is the worst of the terrorist attacks."

Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted: "Terrorism in America again Our thought&prayers go out for families of innocent ppl killed and wounded in Orlando God bless all hurt"

Congressman Rod Blum tweeted, "Thoughts and prayers for all those affected by the senseless attack in Orlando."

Congressman David Young tweeted, "My thoughts & prayers are full for the victims and families of this horrific act of hatred. May God grant them strength & peace. #Orlando"

The shooting killed at least 50 people and injured 53 others early Sunday morning.