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Florida mass shooting reignites gun debate

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:07

The killing of 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a man armed with a handgun and assault rifle reignites debates over American gun laws. Natasha Howitt reports.

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In California, anti-gun violence advocates take to the streets after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. A man - identified by police as 29-year-old Omar Mateen - killed 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday. Police say he was carrying an assault rifle and a handgun, as well as an unidentified "device". Anti-gun violence advocate Virginia Classick.... (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE ADVOCATE, VIRGINIA CLASSICK, SAYING: "There are a number of layers for the message for today. There is just enormous grief, this is a tragedy, a devastating tragedy. We think of the lives lost and the families that are grieving tonight, at the same time to turn that grief into action. We cannot prevent all gun deaths, but we can prevent a great deal more of what we're preventing in our country right now." The shooting comes as U.S. presidential election campaigning gathers pace. The tragedy has reignited emotional debates about gun laws and homeland security. Mateen was a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent who had twice been questioned by the FBI in recent years.

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Florida mass shooting reignites gun debate

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:07