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CCDL releases statement on Orlando shooting

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Authorities search a vehicle looking for evidence connected to the Orlando terrorist attack. (Source: WPEC via CNN) Authorities search a vehicle looking for evidence connected to the Orlando terrorist attack. (Source: WPEC via CNN)
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A non-partisan organization that advocate second amendment rights in Connecticut reacted to the shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Fl.

Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen living in Port St. Lucie, FL., is accused of killing 50 and wounding 53 more at or near the Pulse night club. Police said Mateen professed allegiance to the Islamic State while carrying out the worst mass shooting in United States history.

Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which was formed in 2009, released a statement on the shooting. 

"While CCDL members and most compassionate Americans are still thinking only of the victims and families of this horrific act, Senators [Richard] Blumenthal and [Chris] Murphy are more concerned with advancing their political careers,” CCDL President Scott Wilson said in a statement on Sunday.

Following the actions of Mateen, Blumenthal called for lawmakers to act on “commonsense, sensible gun violence prevention measures.”

“The Senate’s inaction on commonsense gun violence prevention makes it complicit in this public health crisis. Prayers and platitudes are insufficient. The American public is beseeching us to act on commonsense, sensible gun violence prevention measures, and we must heed that call,” Blumenthal said in a statement on Sunday.

Murphy said the United States “Congress has become complicit in these murders by its total, unconscionable deafening silence.”

“This doesn't have to happen, but this epidemic will continue without end if Congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing – again,” Murphy said in a statement on Sunday.

Wilson said “once again our two senators are calling for more laws that would only impact persons, who actually obey the laws of our society.”

“The individual who perpetrated this mass shooting broke numerous laws, and it is bordering on insanity at this point for those looking to score political points over this incident to believe otherwise,” Wilson said.

Wilson called Blumenthal and Murphy “shameful.” He added that they failed “to address the root causes behind these incidents.”

“They would rather curtail lawful gun ownership than deal with those more difficult issues,” Wilson said. “Again we have a shooting in a so-called 'gun free zone'; a location where it is against the law for licensed and background checked persons to carry a firearm for protection. In Florida it is illegal to carry a firearm into any portion of an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages. Again, a murderer ignored the laws."

Wilson continued on the shooting in Orlando.

"If certain lawmakers are looking to place the blame for these types of incidents, they should look squarely in the mirror and admit to themselves that the utopian fantasies of gun free zones simply do not work,” Wilson said. “For the proponents of gun control, these incidents are the gifts that allow them to renew the push for their failed agenda." 

To read more from Wilson, click here. 

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