Cicilline Calls for National Memorial for Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims

Friday, June 26, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor this morning calling for a National Memorial to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline’s remarks. A transcript of his speech, as delivered, is embedded below.

David N. Cicilline
Endorses Pulse Nightclub National Memorial
June 26, 2020

Madame Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. And I thank you Madame Speaker, who brought me to the site of this horrible tragedy and allowed me to see the warmth and beauty of your community in response to it.

Four years ago, 49 people were murdered in a violent, hate-filled, mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

In the days that followed, we saw and heard stories of courage, bravery and resolve.

But mostly, there was unspeakable pain for those who lost someone in this attack.

And although I pray that the passage of four years has brought some measure of relief, the truth is that their pain will never fully go away.

It is critical that we designate this memorial today so that our country never forgets those who were lost.

It’s also important to take action so that this never happens again.

Individuals convicted of hate crimes should never own a gun. That’s why I introduced the Disarm Hate Act to do just that.

If you commit a hate crime, you shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun. Period.

We know that those who commit hate crimes become increasingly violent as time goes on. No American family should have to suffer because of this loophole. Let’s disarm hate once and for all.

We will never forget the 49 young people who lost their lives at the Pulse Club in Orlando. The extraordinary response of the first responders and the hospital facility that provided miraculous care that prevented so many other lives from being lost.

Let’s do all that we can to prevent the next hate-filled tragedy.

And again, I salute Orlando strong for the magnificent and nurturing response of the entire community to this devastating attack on all of us.

And with that I yield back.

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