President Obama addressed the nation this afternoon about the tragic mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
Though the president said investigators haven’t figured out a definitive motive for the shooting, which claimed the lives of at least 50 people, he called the massacre “an act of terrorism and an at of hate.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 12, 2016
During his remarks, the president also called the incident of “a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people at a school, house of worship, or at a nightclub.”
Investigators have identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, a Florida man who apparently had a history of violence, harbored homophobic feelings, and reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS before the slaying. According to Mateen’s father, the 29-year-old was possibly set off by seeing two gay men holding hands while he was with his wife and child.
A frustrated President Obama said this incident is yet another reminder that we need to have a serious conversation about guns.
“We have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be,” the president said. “And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
While the situation is developing, the Orlando shooting is now the largest mass shooting in America.