Politicians and Twitter Users Remember The Victims of the Pulse Shooting On Seventh Anniversary

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This year marks the seven year anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 49 people were killed, and another 53 were injured. The shooting was deemed a homophobic hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community, as Pulse was a gay nightclub. 29-year-old Omar Mateen committed the mass shooting before he was shot by police responding to the crime.

This Pride Month, local politicians and allies of the community alike are mourning the loss of lives in the deadly attack, and reminding the nation that there is much room for progress on gun control. Maxwell Frost, the first Gen Z member of congress who represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District, posted a memorial to the victims, and a call to action for his fellow representatives.

President Biden also addressed the anniversary of the shooting today. Today officially marks Pulse Remembrance Day.

Internet Reactions

While many social media users appreciated the solidarity of several politicians’ posts, others reminded people to continue the push for gun control action in congress.


Some shared personal tributes to their loved ones that were lost in the brutal incident. The shooting marked the second most deadly domestic terrorist attack since 9/11.

In the seven years since the deadly tragedy, there have been hundreds of mass shootings. In recent months, there has additionally been a wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation passing across several states. Amid bans on gender affirming healthcare for minors, bans on drag performers, and restrictions on pronoun usage in schools, this year’s Pulse memorial comes at a time more pivotal than ever for LGBTQ+ rights.

The Memorial

In the several years since the fatal shooting, the local community in Orlando continues to preserve the memory of the many victims. The OnePulse Foundation raises money for scholarships that specifically honor the careers and interests of the victims who tragically lost their lives in the shooting. Additionally, they are currently raising money for a permanent museum that contains artifacts from the heart of the Orlando LGBTQ+ community at Pulse.

Today, locals continue to raise money to support the ongoing museum project.


There is currently an interim memorial in place for mourners and allies to visit and honor the victims. The site is open to the public daily from 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. The address can be found on the foundation’s website here.

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