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One year ago today, 49 people were gunned down in Orlando, and a nightclub that epitomized LGBT pride became a target of a senseless act of hate.

It’s important to remember the victims of the Pulse shooting as we commemorate Pride month this year. This was an attack on the LGBT community. It was an attack on the freedom and equality that we cherish in America. And it was the worst mass shooting in American history.

It’s time for us to stand together against hatred and bigotry and discrimination of any kind. And it’s time for us to take common-sense steps that we know can prevent gun violence and save lives.

The shooter used a semiautomatic assault rifle that he bought legally, despite having been questioned by the FBI about possible terrorist ties. These are weapons built for war, not hunting or personal protection. No civilian should be able to buy these guns – and the fact that this attacker could do so despite the FBI’s suspicions highlights major gaps in our background check system that need to be eliminated.

Congress was quick to hold a moment of silence after the Pulse shooting, but one year later, we’ve done nothing to combat gun violence or LGBT discrimination in America. That’s unconscionable. I’m going to keep fighting for real action that will make our communities safer for everyone in America, and I’m grateful to have you standing with me.


Posted on June 12, 2017.
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