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Engel Marks One Year Since Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Engel Marks One Year Since Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Washington D.C.— Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the House LGBT Caucus, issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting:

“The shooting at the Pulse Nightclub one year ago was the worst mass shooting in modern American history and perhaps the most horrific single hate crime ever committed against the American LGBT community. Today we remember the 49 people lost on that tragic day and honor their memory. What happened in Orlando serves as a reminder that the fight for LGBT equality is far from over. Hate and intolerance have no place in our society, and we as Americans have a duty to stand-up to it in all its forms.

“This horrific anniversary also reminds us that we must address the issue of gun violence, which has wreaked havoc on communities all across our country for far too long. It’s a sad commentary that every time we have a tragedy involving gun violence, we are completely blocked from addressing the issue. Thanks to the gun lobby’s hold on the GOP, basic, commonsense gun safety measures lay stagnant in Congress, including universal background checks that prevent domestic abusers and suspected terrorists from buying guns. Maybe, on this terrible anniversary when we mourn those 49 people killed by gun violence, House GOP leadership can reconsider their inaction on this critical issue.”