Local lawmaker calls for unity, understanding in fight against terrorism

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(WSLS 10) - Local lawmakers are reacting to President Obama's recent comments Sunday night from the Oval Office.

WSLS 10 spoke with Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul Monday, Dec. 7. The democrat said folks should not live in fear as America fights terrorism.

He said it's important for the nation to unify - not to discriminate against groups due to the actions of extremists.

"It's important for us to work hand and hand. People from all religions, of all backgrounds and races to say we are going to stand up against the ignorance and intolerance. We are going to have to work together to find solutions to some of these complex problems," said Delegate Rasoul.

Rasoul added it's important for the community to continue to be a welcoming place.