Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting:
"Two years ago, 49 people were killed at the Pulse Nightclub in what was at the time the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. Like so many others, I was devastated by this senseless attack on the LGBTQ community.
“People from every walk of life across the United States condemned this horrific shooting, asking why we are powerless to prevent violence in our country. The House of Representatives held its usual moment of silence, and then went back to business as usual.
“Despite all of the protests, all of the rallies, all of the listening sessions, and even a Congressional sit-in, the largest mass shooting in the history of our nation could not shake Republicans to break with the extreme voices in their party. To date, no new laws have been enacted and nothing has changed to prevent future tragedies like the one that occurred at Pulse. Even common-sense reforms like banning bump stocks and strengthening background checks have been adamantly opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their Republican allies in Congress. This cycle of violence will not stop until we have leaders willing to stand up to the gun industry.
"On this solemn anniversary, I call on my colleagues in Congress, with particular regard to those who have stood in the way of common-sense gun reform in the past, to join me and other Democrats in advocating for smart gun control policies that will save American lives. I honor the memories of those who were killed, and reaffirm my commitment to combatting the proliferation of gun violence in America.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.