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Friday, 17 June 2016 14:56

Aftermath of Tragedy: Florida Copes Featured

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On a late Sunday night more than 300 people came under attack

at a night club in Orlando, known as Pulse.  The police were in a standoff for three hours with the gunmen, Omar Mateen when finally the police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and stun grenades where they shot and killed Mateen.  Mateen carried an assault riffle and a pistol into the club at around 2 am and started shooting, culminating into one of the worst massacres in U.S. history next to the Massacre of Wounded Knee (where 250 Native Americans were killed by U.S. troops in 1890).  49 people were shot and killed with at least 53 wounded.  The people trapped inside the club were desperately calling and messaging friends and relatives.

Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge his allegiance to ISIS.  Mateen was an American born 29 year old man out of Fort Pierce, Fl who was actually interviewed by the FBI back in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat, according to the FBI.

To help us understand more of what happened and how long the patrons were actually trapped before they were rescued, many news organizations are threatening to sue the city of Orlando over their decision to hide the 911 recordings of the distraught Pulse Patrons.

In the aftermath of the shooting Republican Governor of Florida, Rick Scott had received phone calls from George W. Bush and Donald Trump; as far as Barack Obama is concerned “he has not called us” Scott said.  While on the phone with former 43rd president Bush he said that he and the former first lady Laura Bush “were praying for us, and anything he could do, he would love to be helpful.”

Republican nominee Trump had also called, “He called to just ask how I was doing, you know, like everybody else is praying for us,” Scott said of Trump, whom he has given endorsement to after his victory in the March primary.

“A staffer has called, but no, he has not called,” Scott added, after Kilmeade added that Obama “was talking guns yesterday,” ruminating that during his visit to the city he would talk more about the angle.

“The second amendment didn’t kill anybody.  Evil, radical Islam, ISIS, they killed” Scott said. “We have to start standing up for our country.  We have to start standing up for our country.  We have to say, we’re going to vet people before they come into our country.  If you disagree with what our country believes in, why in the living daylights are you allowed in our country.”

After the attacks in Paris last November, Scott remembered being on a call with the White House administration asking them to share the information regarding the refugees coming into “my state, and they said no.”

They said, “Oh those people have privacy rights,” Scott replies with, “What about our security rights?  The security of making sure if you live in my state, you’re going to be safe.  I’m responsible for the safety of the people of my state.  I’m fed up with the fact we’re not destroying ISIS, we’re not vetting these people, we’re not taking care of our own citizens.”

On the other side of this violent attack there will be many Vigils taking place in Fort Myers to remember the tragically killed victims and the survivors of the attack.  Pride South West Florida and Be Proud South West Florida will be hosting a Candle Light Vigil at Centennial Park at the Uncommon Friends fountain at 7pm in downtown Fort Myers, located at 2000 W. First St.  Special Mass and Prayer Service will be held at St. John XXIII Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:30pm located at 13060 Palomino Ln. in Fort Myers.  A Prayer Service is to be held Wednesday June 15th at 6pm at the Lamb of God Lutheran/Episcopal Church located at 19691 Cypress View Dr. Fort Myers and Thursday, June 16th 7pm at Saint John the Apostle MCC located at 3049 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers.  As well as a GBTQ Gun Violence Candlelight Vigil Wednesday June 15th 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers located at 13411 Shire Ln.

Various companies are making donations of candles, bottled water, sky lanterns, even digital billboards for the candle lit Vigil such as Publix, Royal Shell Real Estate, World of Beer, and Sky King Fireworks. 

The Mayor of Cape Coral Marni Sawicki and Lee County Commissioner Mann as well as Fort Myers Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be attending.  

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