The worst mass shooting in U.S. history, perpetrated at a gay nightclub in Orlando, has been polarizing on the issue of the guns used in the massacre.
Gun control groups rushed to condemn the attack in general and the firearm used in the shooting in particular for the death of more than 50.
The Newtown Action Alliance, formed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook School, held a candlelight vigil Sunday night to show solidarity with Orlando. However, the event was not outside of a site connected with the school, but rather in front of National Shooting Sports Foundation headquarters.
Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence issued a joint statement slamming Florida gun laws for not restricting access to “assault weapons” and having “incredibly weak standards for allowing people to carry guns in public” although the nightclub Pulse, by state law, was a gun free zone. The Brady Campaign, likewise, blamed the Sunshine State’s liberal gun laws for the attack.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown, allied with Moms Demand Action, blasted the attack, which they contend is the 150th mass shooting since 2009, while calling for increased gun laws.
“We will never accept these shootings as the new normal, and we must continue to demand our lawmakers act and work to keep guns out of dangerous hands,” said Moms’ founder Shannon Watts in a statement.
Gun rights groups nationwide were largely silent Sunday, although two with a clear…