Wow, what a touching moment. The mother of a Pulse shooting victim who lost their life gave a moving speech during the DNC on July 27, while flanked by two other survivors. It ended with a desperate plea for ‘common sense’ gun control and left the audience in tears. Here’s the scoop.
The Democratic National Convention has been chock full of powerful moments, but we were the most moved on July 27 watching victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting speak. Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada are both lucky to be alive after a lone gunman killed 49 innocent people in Orlando, FL on June 12, 2016, and they managed to survive.They stood by as Christine Leinonen spoke about how her son Christopher was one of the victims who weren’t so lucky.
Christine used their tragedy to bring attention to what she called “common sense gun control.” She explained how she was a state trooper when she gave birth to Christopher, and “the commissioner put my gun in a safe. I know common sense gun policies save lives.” However, the same protection wasn’t in place when her son was taken in Orlando. “Where was that common sense the day he died?” she plead. “I never want you to ask that question about your child. That’s why I support Hillary Clinton.”
There have been many speakers this year that have unfortunately had to share their own tragedy to make a point. The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and more innocent people taken way too soon after police used excessive force and killed them plead for laws to be changed to stop such occurrences. They’re sure that Hillary Clinton will lead the charge and help change the world for the better. It seems like the Pulse Nightclub victims feel exactly the same way.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Pulse victims’ speech at the Democratic National Convention? Share your thoughts with us!