Gun control groups dissatisfied one year after Pulse nightclub massacre
By Christen Smith
Victims of gun violence honored at Moms Demand Action’s fifth annual march across the Brooklyn Bridge on June 3. (Photo: Gays Against Guns/Facebook)
One year after the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, gun regulations appear less popular with Congress and state legislatures than ever before.
Gun violence prevention groups and the Democratic party said Monday, however, Americans’ appetite for change persists — and so will their legislative efforts to restrict firearms and prevent further carnage.
“Since Pulse, GAG has been successful in calling out the link between bad guns laws and violence against marginalized communities such as people of color, women, and LGBTQ folks,” Terry Roethlein, spokesperson for Gays Against Guns, told Guns.com Friday. “I think all the media attention we have garnered is proof of the public’s desire to have that conversation.”
Gays Against Guns formed after a lone gunman opened fire inside Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50 others.
The incident went on record as the deadliest mass shooting in American history and its victims — mostly people of color from the LGTBQ community — came to represent the cost of the country’s epidemic of “hate-fueled gun violence,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action