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LGBTI advocacy groups condemn the Florida high school shooting

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the 14 February mass shooting

LGBTI advocacy groups in Florida are condemning the mass shooting that took place at a high school on Wednesday, 14 February. The attack left 17 students and faculty members dead.

The Pride Center

The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, about 20 miles southeast of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the shooting took place, called the incident an ‘unspeakable tragedy.’

‘At least 17 families and countless loved ones face unspeakable tragedy tonight in Broward County. Words fail,’ the Center wrote on Facebook. ‘Our hearts break for the students, teachers, administrators and families at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. May they find comfort and strength in the face of untold loss. And may our horror and grief move us into meaningful action in the days to come.’

Equality Florida

Statewide LGBTI advocacy group, Equality Florida, are honoring the victims by campaigning for common sense gun laws.

‘Equality Florida joins our fellow Floridians and the nation in grieving the 17 lives taken and those injured in yet another school mass shooting,’ the group wrote on Facebook. ‘We remain as deeply committed today as we were two years ago, in the aftermath of the massacre at Pulse, to the fight for common sense gun legislation.’

‘We are not helpless. We do not have to be hostages to special interests who believe that weapons of war should be available to everyone, anywhere, all the time.’

‘We can and we must stop this carnage with laws that are proven to make a difference. This violence will only stop when we decide to stand up to a handful of voices with undue influence. The time has come to make common sense gun safety legislation a litmus test for anyone asking for our votes.’

Equality Florida are also vocal supporters of a new nationwide campaign called #NoNRAMoney and are hosting vigils and rallies around the state to combat gun violence.

The Pride Fund

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, a political action committee set up in the wake of the Pulse shooting, were also vocal on Twitter about the need for better gun legislation.

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