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John Oliver on Orlando Shooting: ‘This Pain Is So Familiar’

John Oliver opened Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” with an emotional monologue about the mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 injured early Sunday morning.

“As I’m sure you know by now, at least 50 people were killed by a gunman at a gay nightclub in what is being described as a terrorist attack,” Oliver said. “Look, it’s still early and details are still emerging, and right now … this just hurts.”

29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Fla., opened fired during a Latin-themed night at Pulse nightclub at approximately 2 a.m., and later held patrons hostage before exchanging fire with officers, which eventually led to his death. Mateen was initially counted as one of the 50 causalities, but was removed from that list after authorities determined he wasn’t a victim.

Oliver said the attack was reminiscent of the Paris shootings

“And the worst thing is — this pain is so familiar. In Paris last November, terrorists seem to target places symbolizing everything that is wonderful about France: culture, music, restaurants,” he said.

“The gunman attacked a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world. For the record, I will happily embrace a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world as the ultimate symbol of what is truly wonderful about America,” Oliver added.

“But for right now, on a day when some dips— terrorist wants us to focus on one man’s act of brutality and hatred, it might be worth seeing this video, which was posted to Twitter today. It shows hundreds and hundreds of people this morning lining up around the block in Florida waiting to donate blood, and it kind of reminds you that this terrorist dips— is vastly outnumbered.”

The Orlando incident is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

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