“Our hearts break for the families and friends of the five people killed today,” said Patti Brigham, Coalition co-chair and 1st vice president of the Florida League of Women Voters, adding that the Coalition will never stop fighting to prevent gun violence.
Andy Pelosi, Coalition co-chair, added, “Our condolences are with the family of the victims of the horrific work-place shooting in Orlando. Tragically, this shooting is the 144th mass shooting in the U.S. – the 15th in Florida – to have already taken place in 2017.”
“We at the Coalition will continue to fight for responsible gun legislation and hold our legislators responsible for keeping our citizens safe,’’ Brigham said. “While local law enforcement is once again trying to unravel the details of a horrific, senseless shooting, the greater community waits to learn more while pondering how to make this violence stop. Working relentlessly together, we will continue to seek solutions.”
The Coalition includes more than 125 local, state and national organizations with such diverse partners as the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, Florida PTA, Equality Florida, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. It was created by the League of Women Voters of Florida in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub massacre.