North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and the 30 other affiliate organizations of States United to Prevent Gun Violence, are saddened and horrified by today's shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL. Saddened and horrified, but not shocked. We are no longer surprised when someone motivated by hatred is able to easily obtain assault-style weapons and rounds upon rounds of ammunition, turning another place of joy and celebration into a site of grief and mourning.
“I was devastated to wake up to this news,” Becky Ceartas, Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, said. “The sheer scale of this atrocity demonstrates what can happen when assault style weapons are legal. We need our leaders to act to ensure that something like this never happens again.”
Reports indicate that this shooting -- with fifty killed and at least fifty more injured -- is the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The shooter was an American citizen and officials are investigating this as an act of terrorism. In truth, every mass shooting is an act of terrorism -- it incites fear and terror and aims to create chaos and panic.
In the coming days, we will learn more about the shooter, and more about the victims, survivors and heroes who braved danger to help others. We will mourn with the grieving families and friends as they lay their loved ones to rest. We will listen to politicians express platitudes while doing nothing to keep the weapons of war off our streets. So while we send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and survivors, we also pledge to honor them with a demand for action NOW for stronger gun laws and commonsense policies to keep our loved ones safe.
About North Carolinians Against Gun Violence: North Carolinians Against Gun Violence is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1993 after a jogger was shot and killed in Chapel Hill. NCGV’s mission is to make North Carolina safe from gun violence through the education of the public about preventing gun violence, the enforcement of current gun laws, and the enactment of needed new laws. For more information, visit: www.ncgv.org.
States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a non-profit organization dedicated to making our families and communities safer. As part of our 50 State Solution to end gun violence, we support our 31 existing state-based gun violence prevention groups and work to bring new partners into the movement.