It’s Been Two Years Since The Pulse Nightclub Shooting, And Gun Control Still Hasn’t Happened

The survivors are still fighting for change.

Content warning: mass shootings, gun violence 

Two years ago, 49 innocent people were killed when a shooter entered Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened fire. 

That’s two years the survivors and community have spent calling for gun control, and it hasn’t happened, despite the Pulse massacre being one of the deadliest mass shootings in history. This week, at memorials around the community, survivors continued to remember the victims by stepping up their calls for reform, pledging to honour them with action.

Just a few days ago, a group of survivors and victims’ family members banded together to launch a federal lawsuit against the police and the City of Orlando, alleging that they did not do enough to stop the gunman, and a state lawsuit against the nightclub’s owners alleging that they had inadequate security.

People have also been writing to senators and other people in a position to make change, begging them to do something before it happens again.

Most importantly, though, the community has spent the anniversary of the shooting remembering the 49 victims, ensuring they are not forgotten. Family, survivors and community have gathered at the site of the shooting all week in remembrance and, Florida Governor Rick Scott has officially named June 12 Pulse Remembrance Day.

It’s harder to remember the 49 with action from here in Australia, but we can remember them. Think about them when you see rainbows on your timeline today.

Feature image via Rhododendrites on Wikimedia Commonsused under CC BY-SA 4.0.