Lowey Statement on Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Attack
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Attack in Orlando, Florida:
“One year ago, our nation was shocked and horrified by the brutal terrorist attack on the Pulse Nightclub, which left 49 innocent people murdered and 53 injured by an ISIS-inspired extremist. From the earliest days of The Loft in New York City, clubs and discotheques have provided a refuge for LBGTQ people to come together and celebrate the strength of their love and community. The Pulse attack was both a violent and hateful assault on LGBTQ lives, many of whom were people of color, and a cowardly attempt to strike fear into the heart of the LGBTQ community by desecrating a space of joy.
“As we continue to grieve for the victims, their families, and their loved ones, we must ensure our national security by combating violence and extremism at home and abroad. We must finally implement commonsense gun safety measures like mandating universal background checks and preventing those on the terror watch list from buying firearms. And we must make certain that all Americans, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, are guaranteed their constitutional rights to live free from discrimination and violence.
“I am a proud cosponsor of a resolution honoring the victims and marking the anniversary of this heartbreaking attack, but Congress must do more. We cannot wait any longer to act on proposals that will protect our communities and save lives. Our thoughts and prayers are no longer enough.”