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UPDATED: Florida Terror Attack Mass Shooting – Here’s What You Can Do: Donate, Give Blood, Attend A Vigil

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Here’s What You Can Do to Help and Show Solidarity Against Hate

50 people are dead, 53 others are injured in the country’s deadliest mass shooting, and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Here’s what you can do to help and show solidarity against hate.

The shooting began around 2 AM EDT Sunday morning at the gay nightclub Pulse, which was celebrating Latin Night. Approximately 320 guests were in the attendance. Pulse, which bills itself as “not just another gay club,” took to its social media to offer the following after the shooting:  

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Omar Mateen, 29, a resident of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has been identified as the suspected shooter. He has also been identified as having active security officer and firearm licenses, and was killed after a SWAT team entered the establishment after 5 A.M. Police subsequently recovered both a handgun and an assault rifle.

The suspect’s father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News, “this has nothing to do with religion.” Seddique continued that his son “got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago” and believes that may be related to the shooting.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer this morning issued the following statement:

“We are dealing with something we never imagined. Since the last update, we have gotten better access to the building, cleared the building. It is with great sadness I share that we have 50 casualties, in addition to the shooter. Because of the scale I have called Governor Scott to request a state of emergency and we are issuing a state of emergency in the City. This allows us to bring additions resources to support our efforts.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Police have asked that anyone with information concerning the shooting come forward. The City of Orlando’s crisis hotline has been set up to help identify potential family members who may have been in attendance, 407-246-4357.

Additionally, counselors are being provided and may be contacted at 407-228-1446.

An urgent need for O-, O+ and AB Plasma donors has been issued. OneBlood asks that donors call 1-888-936-6283 or click here. The Orange County Firefighters also tweeted a request for blood donations:

(The FDA banned gay male and bisexual blood donation in 1983, and in 2015 revised its rules to allow gay and bisexual men who have been celibate for a full year to donate.)

NOTE: Bans on blood donations have not been dropped, contrary to many false reports. 

Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to help support the victims and their families.

You can make a financial donation to the donate to the Orlando Regional Medical Center on its website.

The next media briefing is scheduled for 1:30 PM EDT, which may change.

President Barack Obama is also scheduled to address the nation at 1:30 PM EDT.

VIGILS:

You can attend a vigil to show your support:

Houston 

New York

Allentown

Indianapolis:

Spokane

Toronto:

San Francisco:

Dallas

Tampa:

 

Nashville 

UPDATE: Marriage Equality USA has compiled a list of vigils across the country. 

UPDATE II 3:25 PM EDT - 

Mayor Buddy Dyer has advised per his Facebook page that, “we are setting up a website, Cityoforlando.net/victims, that will be updated with the names of the deceased after the next of kin is notified.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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‘I Will Find Out’: Jimmy Kimmel Questions Why Texas TV Station Cut Away From His Monologue on School Shooting

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A Dallas/Fort Worth television station cut away from Jimmy Kimmel’semotional monologue about the Robb Elementary school massacre that left 19 children and two adults dead.

ABC affiliate WFAA-TV interrupted the six-minute, comedy-free monologue with a string of commercials, starting with an in-house news spot, before airing the end of Kimmel’s opener, which he used for a three-minute ad for the gun violence prevention organization Everytown.org, reported the Star-Telegram.

“To my friends in Dallas who are asking: I do not know whether our @ABCNetwork affiliate @wfaa cut away from my monologue tonight intentionally or inadvertently but I will find out,” Kimmel tweeted. “In the meantime, here’s what you didn’t get to see.”

You can watch the clip below or at this link.

A source at the TV station said the commercials were aired and part of the monologue was cut because the 10 p.m. newscast ran long, and an interview with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane was also chopped up into segments that aired between commercial breaks.

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Kimmel called out elected officials, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX), and urged them to take action to prevent another mass shooting.

“Once again we grieve for the little boys and girls,” Kimmel said, fighting back tears. “Whose lives have been ended and whose families have been destroyed. While our leaders on the right, the Americans in Congress and at Fox News and these other outlets warn us not to politicize this. They immediately criticize our president for even speaking about doing something to stop it, because they don’t want to speak about it because they know what they’ve done and they know what they haven’t done, and they know it’s indefensible, so they’d rather sweep this under the rug.”

“The reason they call them common-sense gun laws is because that’s what they are,” he added. “Eighty-nine percent of Americans want background checks before a gun can be purchased, which is the very least we can do.”

 

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Watch: Texas Republican Opposes Any New Gun Legislation Because We’re Going to ‘Convict’ and ‘Punish’ the Shooters

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A Texas Republican state lawmaker said just one day after 19 elementary school students were shot and killed he opposes any new gun legislation for two reasons: the U.S. Constitution, and under existing laws prosecutors should just “convict” the shooters.

“What we want to know is what your solution is,” CNN host Alisyn Camerota told Rep. James White, who happens to be a former school teacher.

“We’ve all seen how quickly and creatively Texas—your local legislature—can act when it wants to, say, protect the unborn embryo,” Camerota added, referring to Texas’ vigilante abortion ban, as The Daily Beast reported. “Why not act with that alacrity to protect living, breathing 10-year-olds in this school behind me?”

“We have this thing called the Constitution,” White replied, even though the Texas abortion ban, under current law, violates at least the spirit of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

Like Texas Governor Greg Abbott and many other Republicans, and like the NRA, White then defended his desire to pass no legislation to help reduce gun violence by declaring the problem is actually one of mental health.

He said, “these young men, for some reason, they have some very disturbed emotional state.”

There is no evidence, according to Gov. Abbott, that this shooter had any documented mental health issues.

White then decided to propose utilizing existing law to reduce gun violence.

“At the end of the day,” he said, “we’re going to look at the people who do these acts, we’re going to convict them, and we’re going to punish them.”

Appearing flabbergasted, Camerota replied, “You can’t convict him, sir.”

“Sir you can’t convict him. He was killed. He was killed, along with 19 children in the school behind me.”

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Duggar Gets 12 Years in Jail After Prosecutor Tells Judge He Has a ‘Violent Sexual Interest in Children’

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Josh Duggar, the former “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star who was found guilty on horrific child pornography charges in December was sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday to serve 151 months – more than 12 years – in prison.

“Duggar has a deep-seated, pervasive, and violent sexual interest in children,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin Roberts wrote in a sentencing memo, as Buzzfeed reported.

U.S. District Judge judge Timothy L. Brooks, appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama, called Duggar’s crimes “the sickest of the sick,” US magazine noted.

Editor’s note: Caution – graphic descriptions follow.

“Authorities described Duggar, 34, as a ‘very savvy computer user’ who tried to cover his tracks as he downloaded ‘sadistic and masochistic abuse’ material in 2019,” Buzzfeed adds.

Among the more than 600 images and videos that prosecutors said he downloaded was footage of prepubescent girls being raped, whipped, threatened with knives, and held naked in a dog cage.

Another video showed the rape and torture of a toddler — footage so terrible that a Homeland Security Investigations agent said it was among the most horrific things he had been forced to watch in his career.

The 34-year old Arkansas-born Duggar, who was forced to resign as executive director of FRC Action, the political activist arm of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, spent nearly two years promoting his conservative and religious values as he was fawned over as a role model by the far-right, including FRC President Tony Perkins, and former Arkansas GOP governor Mike Huckabee.

“The former TLC personality has previously been involved in multiple scandals over the years,” US adds. “In May 2015, resurfaced court documents revealed that he molested five girls — four of which were related to him — between 2002 and 2003. He was 14 and 15 years old at the time. Sisters Jill Dillard (née Duggar) and Jessa Seewald (née Duggar)came forward one month later, revealing themselves to be two of their brother’s victims.”

Duggar has seven children with his wife Anna.

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Federal Prosecutors: Josh Duggar Had Over 200 Obscene Images of Underaged Kids – Some of Children as Young as 5

 

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