President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Orlando, Florida, Thursday, where they met with the families of the 49 victims of Sunday’s shooting massacre at an LGBT nightclub. The meeting came one day after Senate Democrats mounted a nearly 15-hour filibuster to demand a vote on gun control measures. In Orlando, President Obama called for action on gun control.
President Barack Obama: “Those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon. The motives of this killer may have been different than the mass shooters in Aurora or Newtown, but the instruments of death were so similar.”
Meanwhile, in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday, General Stanley McChrystal, the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, also called for increased gun control, writing: “Our communities should not feel like war zones. Our leaders can start by doing more to keep guns out of the hands of those who cannot be trusted to handle them responsibly. That must be our mission.” This comes one day after Massachusetts Congressmember Seth Moulton, a Marine veteran, appeared on the cover of the New York Daily News holding an assault rifle underneath the headline “No civilian should own this gun.”