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FEB 15, 2018

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Condemns Florida School Shooting and Shooter's Alleged Ties to White Nationalist Group

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is deeply saddened and angered by the horrendous violence that occurred at a high school in Parkland, Florida yesterday, and the shooter's alleged ties to Republic of Florida, a white nationalist paramilitary group.

"Our shock, grief, and empathy for all those impacted by this needless gun violence is compounded by allegations that the shooter was associated with the white nationalist paramilitary group, Republic of Florida. It is time for our elected leaders to face the direct connection between gun violence and hate crimes and to limit access to weapons developed not to hunt, but to murder," stated Paul S. Nussbaum, President of the Museum.

The shooter participated in paramilitary training in Tallahassee, according to the leaders and members of the group, which advocates for a "white ethnostate" to be established in Florida.

"Our Museum is filled every day with high school students who come to learn how hate speech can lead us down the disastrous path of uprooting our democratic institutions, eliminating our multiethnic diversity, and destroying the rich fabric of our great American republic," stated Beth Kean, Executive Director of the Museum.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the nation's first Holocaust survivor-founded museum, is a major institution teaching students about the dangers of hate speech, otherism and nationalist xenophobia.

Last year alone, more than 17,000 students from Southern California and beyond visited the Museum and received a docent-led tour, met with a Holocaust survivor, and learned firsthand the lessons of one of the 20th century's greatest calamities.