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Dalai Lama says shooting reflects "old thinking"

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:00

The Dalai Lama says the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 people dead is an example of ''20th century'' thinking that is out of date. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Dalai Lama reflected on Monday (June 13th) on violence and Islam, days after a shooting at a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando killed 49 people. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader characterized the gunman's decision to kill people at the Pulse nightclub as a primitive, "20th century" way of handling his own discomfort. "In the 20th century, the human way of thinking, whenever you see some problem, some disagreement, the immediate response is how to face this by force. That's old thinking." He warned against the dangers of that approach. "If we repeat the old thinking, then the problems will remain," the Dalai Lama said. The Dalai Lama also pointed out the dangers of simmering hostilities and tension. "Peace does not mean just the absence of violence. Peace is something deeper. So, genuine peace must materialize through inner-peace," he said. U.S. authorities are investigating whether the gunman, who declared his allegiance to Islamic State militants had received any help in carrying out the massacre. New York-born Omar Mateen, 29, the son of Afghan immigrants, was shot and killed by police who stormed the club with armored cars early Sunday morning after a three-hour siege. He is believe to have perpetrated the worst mass murder in U.S. history, and the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. FBI Director James Comey said authorities were trying to determine Mateen's motives and there was no indication he was part of an organized terror network, although he may have been inspired by them. The Dalai Lama called for people to embrace a spirit of tolerance both in the U.S and abroad, especially in Europe which has been overwhelmed with the arrival of millions of Syrian immigrants. The Dalai Lama spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace earlier on Monday and was expected to remain in Washington for several days.

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Dalai Lama says shooting reflects "old thinking"

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:00