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I am sure each of you, like us, was saddened and shocked at the senseless tragedy in Florida over the weekend. Doctors Council stands united with those who believe in an inclusive and open society- one in which we are all welcome and treated equally. We stand together in support of the LGBTQ community- in Florida and everywhere in our country. We condemn the hatred that brings this violence.
With the deaths of at least 49 people (and at least that many and more wounded) Sundaymorning at a club in Orlando, Florida, the toll from gun murders this year continues to rise. This is the deadliest mass shooting in American history. As we have in the past, we must continue to push to overturn the ban by Congress on the CDC on gun violence research. Gun violence is a public health issue. Reform on gun control is needed. I reflect on how these tragedies are occurring too often- one is too many, and yet they continue to happen- senseless attacks (especially with guns) on people simply for who they are or who they represent.
There are many stories coming out of this. I reflect on the one where the mother received texts from her son hiding in the bathroom with others as the gunman came after them. My heart goes out to that mother and the family and friends of her son. Please join us in remembering the victims and their families, friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
If you are interested in donating: GO FUND ME: * A GoFundMe account has been set up to help raise funds for the victims and families of the horrific Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund
I am proud that our members–each of you–work in facilities where we provide services to those we care for regardless of who they are and where they are from. We will continue to advocate for a society and a country that reflects the best of this mission of inclusiveness and not of bigotry, divisiveness and hatred.
Thank you for what you do each day and what this represents. Rather than tearing us apart, these tragic acts–this time directed at the LGBTQ community–bring us closer together.
Frank Proscia, M.D.