Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05)—Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force—made the following statement to mark the one year anniversary of the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
“A year ago today, forty-nine men and women left their homes intending to meet friends, listen to music, and have fun. Instead, their lives were cut tragically short, and dozens of others were wounded and traumatized. No one should have to endure such a horror. Today, we remember those who were taken from us far too soon, and we stand with those who have survived and endured. But we can do more.
“In the year since the Orlando shooting, Congress had not held a single vote to reduce gun violence or prevent another tragedy. This is shameful. The men and women who lost their lives deserve action. They deserve justice. They deserve something beyond moments of silence. It is time for Congress to talk about the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our country. We cannot wait for another tragedy.”
Forty-nine people were murdered in the massacre at Pulse nightclub. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in the United States’ recent history.