PUNTA GORDA – More than two dozen protesters held a “die-in” on the steps of the Historical Charlotte County Courthouse Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Demonstrators lay down on the concrete and brick for several minutes to remember the 49 victims of the mass shooting. They held signs demanding gun reform and proclaiming “Enough is Enough.” Protest organizer Lianna Hubbard noted the many shootings since Pulse and the inaction by government officials despite the demands of citizens.
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Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement.
“Today we stand with the 49 victims, their families, survivors, and the entire Orlando community. It was 612 days between Pulse and Parkland, and Rick Scott and Republican leaders did nothing to protect Floridians. This year as we mark the two-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, we continue to honor the 49 victims by action and a commitment to work to elect leaders who will pass common sense gun reform that could’ve prevented the Pulse tragedy, and countless others. We can’t sit back idly and allow Republican leaders to continue to be complacent with gun laws that don’t do enough to keep Floridians safe.”
(WATCH coverage on WINK News)