2020 Candidates Mark Third Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris
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On the third anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, 2020 presidential candidates are spreading a message of remembrance and a promise to fight for future gun reform.

The 2016 attack was especially heartbreaking to the LGBTQ community, as Pulse nightclub was a gay bar and the shooting happened during pride month.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg sent an email to his supporters about the impact the tragedy had on the LGBTQ community. If elected, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay president in history.

“Pulse wasn’t an attack on just one community – it was an attack on LGBTQ Americans, Latinx Americans, and Black Americans,” Buttigieg wrote, reminding supporters that the shooting happened when Pulse was hosting a Latin night event.

‘It was an attack on people who look like me, and an attack on people who look nothing like me. It was an attack on all of us. It was an attack on individuals expressing their sexuality, their heritage, their gender, and their freedom.”

On that day, 49 people were killed — most were Latinx and/or identified as LGBTQ. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Buttigieg called on Congress to pass gun reform laws such as a ban on military-style assault weapons and universal background checks. He also called for states to pass hate crime laws.

“Evil flows from peoples’ ability to see another human being as something other than a person; good comes from the ability to see and treasure another’s humanity as one’s own,” Buttigieg wrote.  “That’s also called love, and love is going to win.”

The Indiana mayor included the name of every victim in the note.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a similar email to her supporters, urging that action was needed.

“We need commonsense gun reform — now, before the next mass shooting, but also to stop the daily gun violence on our streets,” she wrote.

Warren later added, “The Pulse massacre was in the middle of Pride month. This June, every June, every month, we remember what Pride represents: turning away from darkness and division and turning toward our best selves — inclusive, strong, united, optimistic, and proud.”

Other candidates spread messages of remembrance as well. Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke spoke to supporters at the LGBT memorial in New York. He also unveiled a new LGBTQ policy proposal.

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The Pulse Night Club was a mandatory GUN FREE ZONE! That ridiculous law caused far more harm than good. The perpetrator was a Muslim extremist that if he didn’t have access to a gun would have used an explosive device instead. Once again it took good guys with guns (cops) to stop a bad guy with a gun, though there were far too long delays in stopping this gunman. Liberals never learn from their mistakes, how many more innocents will have to die due to being unarmed in a Gun Free Zone until this ridicules law is finally abolished? We… Read more »


That was an awful event; All mass shootings are. It is sad that politicians always use such occurrences for political purposes.


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