President Barack Obama has addressed the tragic mass shooting that took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida last night, calling it ‘an act of terror and an act of hate.’
The shooting has left at least 50 people dead and many more injured. Obama told us that at this stage, an investigation is still going on to find out what happened at Pulse Orlando gay nightclub. However, he was clear that the FBI was treating it as an ‘act of terrorism’ and federal government would be dedicating resources to the case. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Obama showed solidarity for the LGBT community and asserted that every human being deserves to be treated equally:
‘So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation — is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.’
In the statement, Obama also addressed the need for gun control. During his time in office, the President has been unable to make any reform gun laws:
‘The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub.’
Since the shooting, the President announced that the US flags at at the White House and other U.S. facilities will be flown at half mast.
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