Hillary Clinton paused her 2016 presidential campaign to weigh in on the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12. The presumptive Democratic nominee sent her thoughts to the families and loved ones affected by the horrific attack in a caring message.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, 68, took to social media to share her thoughts on a “devastating” shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that took place in the early morning hours of June 12. The tragic attack left 50 people dead, including the gunman, and at least 53 injured.
This is so sad. Yet another deadly shooting has occurred on US soil. This time the attack took place at at Pulse nightclub, in Orlando at approximately 2:20am when gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, who was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, opened fire on the crowd. The reportedly homophobic shooter was gunned down by police after taking hostages, but not before his killing spree had taken it’s deadly toll. The entire country was shocked and horrified by the news and politicians led by Hillary were quick to send their love and support.
“Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act,” she stated before signing off with an “H,” showing she wrote the message herself.
Bernie Sanders, 74, also weighed in on the tragic Orlando shooting on Meet The Press Sunday calling for a halt on sales of automatic weapons in the United States. “It’s horrific,” he told Chuck Todd. “It’s unthinkable, and just hopes go out to those who were shot that they can recover, and I’ve got to tell you for 25 years now, I’ve believed that we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people, and we’ve got to do everything we can on top of that to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them. Criminals and people who are mentally ill, so that struggle continues.”
President Obama and the White House also shared their thoughts releasing a statement after the heartbreaking tragedy. “The President was briefed this morning by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims. The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community.”
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