June 12, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark three years since the attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, which occurred on June 12, 2016:
“Three years ago, the city of Orlando, the LGBTQ community and our entire nation were devastated by the act of brutality and hate at the Pulse Nightclub, which stole 49 beautiful souls, injured dozens more and left countless friends, families and survivors changed forever. The horror and heartbreak endured by those enjoying a night of music and celebration remains, but our determination to end the epidemic of gun violence is as strong as ever.
“Tragically, since that awful night, gun violence continues to tear apart countless families in countless communities across the country. In Congress, we have a solemn obligation to protect the American people from this daily scourge. Inspired by the courage of survivors and the persistence of young advocates across the country, this year, the Democratic House passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act to ensure universal background checks and close the Charleston loophole that enabled the hate crime at Mother Emanuel Church. This week, Democrats will build on this progress by voting on critical investments in gun violence research, overcoming years of Republican obstruction and denial of science. Now, the Senate must listen to the will of the American people, who overwhelmingly support meaningful, commonsense gun violence prevention, and bring these life-saving bills up for a vote.
“As we also mark LGBTQ Pride Month as well as Gun Violence Prevention Month, we honor the memories of those we lost in Orlando three years ago by acting boldly and decisively to put an end to the hate and bloodshed. Our fight will not end until every family can live free from the fear of gun violence – in our schools, on our streets, in our places of worship and in every place.”