President Joe Biden Friday signed a memorial bill (H.R. 49) recognizing the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, with a memorial.
Biden — who was vice president when a 29-year-old man killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in the nightclub mass shooting — signed the bill to enshrine a monument to the dozens killed in the Latin Night massacre. The shooting occurred at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in June 2016. The month of June is celebrated annually as LGBTQ Pride Month in the United States. “May a president never have to sign another monument like this,” Biden said.
Following the bill being signed, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released at statement; “Today, we honor the lives of the 49 people who were senselessly murdered during the horrific Pulse Nightclub mass shooting by establishing the National Pulse Memorial. This memorial is an important part of their enduring legacy and a testament to the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community.
We must always stand in the face of hate – and recognize the impact of gun violence on LGBTQ+ communities, particularly in Black and Latino communities. As President Biden signs this legislation into law, we must recommit ourselves to ending the senseless cycle of gun violence that has taken too many innocent lives across the country once and for all.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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