Political punks Anti-Flag have felt the need to respond to comments made by a classmate of Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner. The former classmate of Loughner’s was quoted as saying, "[Loughner] was a pot head & into rock like Hendrix, The Doors, Anti-Flag. I haven’t seen him in person since ’07."
The 22-year-old Loughner is accused of trying to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords earlier this month by opening fire on a crowd of followers. Six victims died and 13 more were injured.
The band released the following statement:
"For well over a decade Anti-Flag has endorsed non-violent progressive change and has lobbied for peace, equality, justice, and health care (including mental health care) for all people of America and the world. Anti-Flag unconditionally condemns the heinous actions of Mr. Loughner and our heartfelt condolences and best wishes go out to every single person affected by Mr. Loughner’s senseless act of violence. Our message is and always has been very clear, violence in any form is unacceptable."