A coalition of community organizations from central Florida launched today, with the consent of survivors and relatives of victims of the massacre of the Pulse nightclub, an audiovisual campaign to raise awareness about the danger of acquiring firearms with relative ease.
The series of videos, which wants to boost support for laws that limit the sale and use of semi-automatic weapons in the state of Florida, is being premiered today on social networks with the participation of survivors of the shooting massacre that took place in the Pulse nightclub. the city of Orlando, in June 2016.
The videos are presented by the Coalition to Prevent Firearms Violence, created by the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF) after the terrorist massacre at the Pulse club, the second largest shot in history of the United States, after the slaughter also with firearms occurred in Las Vegas in October of last year.
“We are very excited to launch this series of informative and compelling videos throughout the State, with the intention of encouraging people to (take) actions to reduce gun violence,” Andy Pelosi, who was in charge of the event, said in a statement today. deputy director of the Coalition and director of the campaign to keep firearms off school campuses.
“The objective of the Coalition is to separate truth and fiction and save us from the dangerous culture of firearms that is literally killing us,” said Patricia Brigham, first vice president of the LWVF.
The videos, whose promoters ask to be shared on social networks, are released at a time when the Florida legislature is considering several bills that would allow firearms to be carried to schools and churches and weaken the current laws that govern the research system for the arms buyers.
In the audio-visual images of the club are collected Press before and after the massacre, children in a classroom, followed by images of bloody scenes, mourning and shots with semiautomatic weapons.
They also present the testimonies of survivors, fathers and mothers of fatal victims of the massacre at the aforementioned nightclub, as well as relatives of the victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
They also speak war veterans, pediatricians and religious figures who highlight the need for “common sense” laws, the prohibition of the use in Florida of assault rifles and the tightening of laws that allow weapons to be purchased.
The Coalition includes 120 other organizations such as the Hispanic Federation, the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, and Doctors for America, among others.
Fifty people, including the author of the killing, Omar Seddique Mateeen, a 29-year-old American, who was armed with an assault rifle and a pistol, died in the Pulse nightclub.