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With today marking the third anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the 49 people killed, a number of figures in Florida and national politics offered statements. Here are a few excerpts:
— Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez: “It’s long past time to honor the victims of this tragedy with action. We must combat the hatred that turned a night of celebration into a nightmare of bloodshed.
“And we must change the dangerous and irresponsible gun laws that enable evil people to take so many innocent lives in our country every single day.”
— Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: He released a plan to “finally secure comprehensive legal protection for members of the LGBTQ+ community” to coincide with the anniversary.
“LGBTQ+ Americans have made incredible progress over the past decade, thanks in large part