Equality Florida Statement on Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada

| October 3, 2017

News of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas eerily brought back memories of the Pulse massacre in Orlando that shook our community on June 12, 2016.

In response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Equality Florida’s Executive Director, Nadine Smith, has issued the following statement. Counseling resources for those in Orlando and global LGBTQ communities are listed at the end of her statement.

“It has happened again. Another horrific, inevitable, preventable, and senseless tragedy, this time at a music festival in Las Vegas. Orlando knows all too well the grief and pain the people of Las Vegas woke up to this morning and we stand in solidarity and grief with the victims, survivors, and their loved ones.

“On June 12, 2016 we woke up to news that an active shooter entered the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, taking the lives of 49, injuring 53, and traumatizing thousands. The Pulse massacre was the most violent hate crime against LGBTQ people in American history and, now, has been eclipsed as the largest mass shooting on American soil by a single gunman.

“Much like the victims at Pulse, the victims and survivors in Las Vegas were gathering to share community and celebrate life. And, much like the impact of Pulse, the shock and terror of this massacre will have an impact that reverberates around the world.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is past time to uproot violence in all its forms and to prevent those who seek to do harm from accessing weapons of war.

“Equality Florida stands at the ready to do whatever we can to support the city of Las Vegas, the survivors as they begin their long process of healing, and all who are motivated to join our efforts to pass common sense gun policy reform.”

For those in the Orlando and global LGBTQ communities who are struggling with the news of last night’s attack, please do not hesitate to reach out for support:

Orlando United Assistance Center’s hotline: 407-500-HOPE

The GLBT Center of Orlando’s hotline for counseling by phone: 1-888-773-1665


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