President Obama: Orlando Attack Was ‘An Act of Terror and an Act of Hate’

Barack Obama Orlando Shooting
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President Obama said that the Orlando mass shooting — the worst in U.S. history — was “an act of terror and an act of hate.”

Making a statement at the White House, Obama said that “we are still learning all of the facts,” and “we have received no definitive on precise motivations of the actions of the killer.”

“As Americans we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to protect our people,” he said.

At least 50 people were killed and 53 wounded in the attack on the Pulse nightclub early on Sunday morning, authorities said. The gunman reportedly expressed his fealty to the Islamic state in a 911 call at one point immediately before or during the attack.


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He said that the attack “could have been any one of our communities,” but said that it was an “especially heartbreaking day” for the LGBT community.

The shooter appears to have targeted the nightclub because it caters to the LGBT community.

“The place where they attacked is more than a nightclub. It is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights,” Obama said.

He said that the attack marks “the most deadly shooting in American history.”

He ordered flags flown at half mast at the White House and all public buildings and grounds.

He also said that the “massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub.  And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be.  And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

He said that he had been briefed by homeland security and counterterrorism advisers, as well as the FBI and he chatted with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

“In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another,” he said.


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  1. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    “Solidarity and empowerment,” Mr. President??? Stop embellishing a make-out spot.

  2. penny says:

    Tragedy with blame all around – lack of political leadership and the increased outspoken aggressiveness of the LBGT agenda. Cultural decay, socialist ideology and zero border control policy makes for very weak targets. Not long ago we were mourning Paris for the almost the same reasons. But what about Benghazi? Tragic.

  3. BillUSA says:

    The harsh reality of this shooting is – in part – due to lax immigration enforcement which also happens to be what the left wants. Unfortunately, it has taken the killing of other liberals to bring that point home. Even more unfortunate is that it will fall on deaf ears and do nothing to stop the cry for more laws added to the already existing gun laws which aren’t enforced. Yup, that’s right, this mass killing has marks of permission from the left written all over it. Pat yourselves on the back.

  4. Alexander says:

    So if a Muslim shoots up a club full of gay people, it’s a terrorist act. But if they shoot people at work, on a campus, or on a military base it’s “workplace violence” or “an unfortunate incident”?

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