06/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2019 17:04
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) releases the following statement on the 3rd anniversary of the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando:
'Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and left 53 injured, most of whom were LGBTQ Americans. I am reminded that even though marriage equality is the law of the land, bigotry and hate are still present.
'But I'm also reminded of a sobering fact; it's been three years since that tragedy and we have yet pass common-sense gun safety legislation. Gun violence in America is an epidemic and we need to start treating it as such. The way we honor the victims of this horrific incident isn't with prayers and empty gestures - it's by doing our jobs as legislators and getting real things done. And under Democratic leadership in the House, we have made progress. We were able to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, of which I am a proud cosponsor, yet we cannot move forward on this because Republicans in the Senate refuse to act. Enough is enough. Today, during pride month and on this unfortunate anniversary of the shooting, as I remember the victims, I remain committed to ending gun violence in America and to working towards a country that is free of hatred and bigotry.'