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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

Remembering the Pulse Shooting

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June 12, 2018
Press Release
Today marks two years since the second-worst mass shooting in U.S. history

Today, Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) made the following statement on the Pulse Nightclub shooting, which took place in the 10th District two years ago today. The club, an LGBTQ sanctuary, was hosting its “Latin Night” when 49 people were killed and 53 wounded. At the time, it was the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11, and it remains the worst attack against the LGBTQ community in our history.

Said Rep. Demings, “Two years after our community was devastated by the Pulse shooting, I believe more strongly than ever that love will win. I want to say to all of the survivors and families that we are with you, we support you, and we will never forget you.

“The pain is overwhelming, but we must learn to transform it into love, progress and action. We were blessed to have a Pulse survivor as an intern in my office last year. I was honored to invite first responder Officer Adam Gruler and his wife Jaimi as my guests to the State of the Union earlier this year. I am proud to have worked on legislation to support enhanced mental health treatment and prevent future mass shootings.

“Guns in the wrong hands kill innocent people. We cannot be satisfied with simply remembering the victims of mass shootings. We must work to prevent mass shootings, period. I was assigned to Orlando International Airport during 9/11, and after that attack, we made fighting terrorism a national priority. Stopping mass shootings requires the same type of national response. Orlando still grieves, remembers, and honors those we lost, but it’s time to honor them with action.”

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