In Orlando, Florida, yesterday commemorated the victims of the gay club terrorist attack five years ago. 49 people were killed in the attack on Pulse nightclub, most of them young people. Dozens of people were injured.
Flowers were laid on the memorial wall erected two years after the victims were attacked. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dell said that the dead should also be commemorated with “real changes.” He promised to help create a community where everyone feels equally valued and protected.
In June 2016, terrorist Omar Mateen fired on visitors of the Pulse gay club with a semi-automatic rifle. In OrlandoIn a phone conversation with the police and the media, he said that he was acting on behalf of the Islamic State. He was eventually shot dead by the police. This is one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in the United States since September 11, 2001.
President Joe Biden still remembers the fifth anniversary of the Holocaust. In a statement, Biden referred to the location of the terrorist attack as a “holy land.” Therefore, he designated the gay club as a national monument.
The president also wrote that more measures are needed to “respond to the public health epidemic of gun violence in all its forms,” from mass shootings to daily violent acts that do not become national news. Biden also called on the Senate to pass a bill to provide more legal protections for non-heterosexual Americans.