Esty Reflects on One-Year Anniversary of Pulse Tragedy
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida:
“A year ago today, we awoke to the heart-wrenching news that 49 lives had been taken from us overnight in a depraved act of violence. This horrific tragedy was not only the worst mass shooting in American history; it was also a terrorist attack and a hate crime targeting a mainstay of Orlando’s LGBTQ and Latino communities.
“Today, I want the survivors and families of this tragedy to know that we stand with them, we grieve with them, and we cherish the memory of their loved ones whose lives were cruelly cut short. But words, on their own, are not good enough. We need to address the root causes of this attack and work together to prevent more families from suffering the same heartbreaking loss.
“We must take action to stop the terrible epidemic of gun violence, which takes 92 lives on a typical day in our country. We must speak out forcefully against violence and discrimination – whether on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or anything else – and bring federal anti-discrimination laws into line with our American values. And we must stand strong against hatred and terrorism in all forms, whenever and wherever they occur.”
Esty, who represents Newtown, Connecticut, is a vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.