Obama: Slaughter in Orlando was an act of terrorism
He called the Americans to decide whether that is “the kind of country we want to live ”
a | AP.- US President Barack Obama on Sunday lamented the largest mass shooting in US history, calling it an “act of terrorism” and “intolerance” against a place of “solidarity and empowerment” for gays and lesbians.
He called the Americans to decide whether that is “the kind of country we want to live”.
Obama said the FBI is investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism and that effort will be made to determine if the attacker identified by authorities as Omar Mateen was affiliated with terrorist groups.
Obama spoke at the White House after 50 people were shot dead in the early hours on Sunday at a nightclub in Florida. Officials said 53 other people were hospitalized.
“What is clear is that he was full of intolerance,” Obama said of the attacker.
He said it is “a particularly painful for the gay, lesbian and transgender community day and a” a grim reminder “that an attack on any American is an attack” against all of us, “regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
“The shooter attacked a nightclub where people gathered with friends to dance and sing, to live, ” Obama said. “The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub. It is a site of solidarity and empowerment in which people came together to express their views and defend their civil rights. ”
Obama’s remarks were the latest in what has become a tragically familiar routine. Since taking office in 2009, Obama has been filed with the more cameras than a dozen times after mass shootings and other written statements. After massacres, Obama has traveled to places like Newtown, Connecticut; Tucson, Arizona; and Charleston, South Carolina, to offer condolences and to ask the nation to work seriously to curb violence with firearms.
Obama spoke from the James S. Brady Hall, named in honor of a former press secretary who was shot and permanently disabled in a failed assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.