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Edgewater Mourns Orlando LGBT Nightclub Shooting, Local Aldermen And Businesses Speak Out

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Many in the Edgewater/Andersonville area are still in shock over the brutal shooting that left 49 people dead and 53 injured in Orlando, Florida early Sunday evening.

The attack, which appears to be both terror-related and a hate crime towards the LGBT community, is currently being investigated by the FBI. The shooter, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to ISIS during the incident which is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Area businesses reacted swiftly in condemnation of the attack and to sound support for Edgewater’s diverse and close-knit LGBT community. Mary’s Attic at 5400 N. Clark held a candle light vigil Sunday evening to remember those who died.

Other businesses took to Facebook. Women and Children First Bookstore said in a post, “Our hearts are broken. How many more times? ‪#‎hatecrime‬ ‪#‎orlando‬.” The SOFO tap posted, “The LGBTQ community has stood side by side with the American Muslim community during challenging and difficult times. We stand together against hatred, violence and demonization of entire communities.”

Our local Aldermen also spoke out today.

“In the wake of the horrific shooting incident in Orlando, I believe it is important that communities throughout the country take the time to reflect on the tragedies that occur all too often in our nation, the mass shootings that are the result of the availability of military class weaponry available to almost anyone, ” said Alderman Harry Osterman in a statement released Monday afternoon where he also praised our community’s diversity, welcoming attitude and proud history of immigrants.

Alderman Patrick O’Connor also put out a similar statement denouncing the attack and easy access to weapons, “Whether the perpetrators are mentally unbalanced or warped through extremist views and hatred, tragedies on the scale of Orlando would not occur without the availability of assault rifles, whose sole purpose is the taking of life.”

If You wish to donate to the victim’s families, visit the following GoFundMe.com fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.

Both Aldermen suggest emailing our State elected officials encouraging them to work toward the goal of gun control. If you choose to do so, below are their emails:

 

Governor Bruce Rauner

 www.illinois.gov/gov/contactus

 

United States Senator Dick Durbin

https://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/email

 

Congressman Mike Quigley, 5th Congressional District

https://quigleyforms.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, 9th Congressional District

https://schakowsky.house.gov/write-to-congresswoman-jan-schakowsky/

 

Illinois State Senator Heather Steans, 7th Senate District

www.senatorsteans.com/contact-us

 

Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein, 8th Senate District

www.senatorsilverstein.com/contact-us

 

State Representative Greg Harris, 13th District

www.gregharris.org/wp/contact/

 

State Representative Kelly Cassidy, 14th District

repcassidy@gmail.com

 

State Representative Lou Lang, 16th District

http://www.housedem.state.il.us/members/langl/

 

 

 

 

 

 


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