Rep. Phillips Pays Tribute to Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims, Calls for Senate Action to Prevent Gun Violence
Phillips: “Thoughts and tweets do not save lives. Action saves lives. And in honor of all the Pulse Nightclub victims, we need action and we need it now.”
Washington, DC, June 12, 2019
Tags: Public Safety
Today, in honor of Gun Violence Awareness Month, LGBTQ Pride Month and the third anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) paid tribute to victims on the House Floor.
Below are Rep. Phillips’s remarks as prepared:
Madam Speaker – three years ago today, a mother woke up at 2 AM.
She woke up to a flurry of text messages from her son.
He was trapped in a nightclub bathroom at the mercy of a man with an MCX rifle and a death wish.
Then, at 2:39 AM: “He’s coming.”
“I’m gonna die.”
Eddie Justice was murdered in the Pulse Nightclub that morning.
He was 30 years old.
Today, we stand with Eddie’s family and loved ones, we stand with Orlando, we stand with the LGBTQ community, and we stand up to say:
The Senate must pass the gun violence prevention measures the House put forward in February.
Thoughts and tweets do not save lives. Action saves lives. And in honor of all the Pulse Nightclub victims, we need action and we need it now.