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President Barack Obama addressed the nation Sunday in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, calling the massacre at an Orlando nightclub “an act of terror and an act of hate.”
Obama condemned the shooting — which left 50 dead and 53 injured — and addressed the impact that the incident at the popular gay nightclub had on the LGBT community.
“Although its still early in the investigation we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate and as Americans we are united in grief, in outrage and in resolve to defend our people,” he said.
Obama clarified that the no definitive judgment for the motive had been determined but that the FBI was investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism.
“What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred,” Obama said. “Over the coming days we will uncover how and why this happened and we will go wherever the facts lead us.”
The shooting was the most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history and Obama noted that the shooter was armed with a handgun and a high-powered assault rifle.
“This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub,” he said. “And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”