President Obama decries Orlando shooting
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 12, 2016
President Obama gave a statement about the Orlando nightclub massacre that killed 50 and wounded as many as 53 on June 12.
Obama explained that the investigation is ongoing and details are still emerging, but he said:
“We know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate.”
The Associated Press reported that the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, placed a 911 call shortly before the attack. In it, he pledged allegiance to the Islamic state. The AP also reported that Mateen’s father witnessed his son get angry, when he saw two men kissing in Miami.
The President went on to refer to the deadliest shooting in U.S. history as an attack on civil rights. He explained that the incident is against the values that define us as a country, because it was an attack on equality and dignity.
The Orlando shooting, which happened in the 1 a.m. hour on June 12, is the latest in a long string of shootings Obama has given statements on. The AP referenced the Newtown shooting that left 20 kindergarten children and six adults dead as the beginning of Obama’s efforts for stricter gun laws.
President Obama didn’t call for better regulations on assault-style weapons at this White House statement, but he did comment on how easy it is for people to get a hold of these types of guns.
“And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
Obama pulled out of his first rally appearance for Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton to stay informed on the investigation. He also issued a proclamation that all flags will be flown at half-staff til Thursday at sunset.