Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pulse families, survivors urge Congress to take action on military-style rifles

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 10:59 AM


Survivors and family members of the 49 victims who perished in the gay nightclub Pulse are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would stop civilians from buying military-style rifles. 

The video shows Yazmin Jorge Reyes, whose brother Javier Jorge Reyes was killed by a gunman in the mass shooting on June 12, holding up photos of her loved one. 

"You have a moral obligation to the victims and the families to change the laws that allow civilians to purchase military assault rifles," she says. "The necessary changes to our law shouldn't be a debate among political parties. They should be about taking action to protect lives. We want the loss of our loved ones to count for something." 

The video also features survivors Josean Garcia and Miguel Vega, as well as the family members of victims Amanda Alvear, Luis Omar Ocasio Campo, Peter O. Gonzalez Cruz, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice and Christopher Sanfeliz. 

"My daughter and all the victims and survivors deserve justice," says Mayra Benabe-Alvear, the mother of Amanda Alvear, in the video. 

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