President Obama Makes Desperate Plea With Americans While Addressing The Orlando Shooting (VIDEO)

President Obama addresses nation on Orlando nightclub attack, deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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President Obama addressed a shocked and grieving nation today at approximately 2 p.m. EST regarding the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida last night that resulted in 50 deaths and 53 injured at last count.

President Obama stated:

‘The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is, therefore, a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school or in a house of worship or in a movie theater or a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.’

The following video was posted by the White House via Twitter and on the WhiteHouse.gov page:

An earlier statement from President Obama was released on the White House Twitter account.

A statement from a spokesperson for Vice President Joe Biden was also issued:

‘The Vice President was briefed this morning by his national security adviser on the heinous attack that took place overnight at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Vice President Biden offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting and sends his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims.

‘He is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to receive regular updates as we know more.’

As reported at NPR.org, a gunman with an assault rifle and handgun opened fire at Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse, around 2 a.m. last night, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Originally, the death toll was estimated at around 20, but Orlando Police found more victims inside the club.

The gunman has been indentified as Omar Mateen, who opened fire inside Pulse nightclub and later began to take hostages. Police were contacted by those being held hostage inside the club, according to Orlando Police Chief, John Mina. Orlando law enforcement utilized explosive devices and an armored vehicle to gain access to the club and rescue the hostage. Police engaged in a firefight with the suspect, resulting in his death.

Both federal and local law enforcement have classified the shooting as domestic terrorism, and Florida governor, Rick Scott, had declared a state of emergency in Orange County.

Few details about the shooter have been released by the authorities, and law enforcement is looking into the motive behind the attacks.

Police Chief Mina said that the shooter was:

‘Organized and well-prepared.’

Authorities are still in the process of identifying the victims and Chief Mina admits that it may take some time.

According to public records, Mateen lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida and is 29 years old. In 2011 and 2013, Mateen was licensed to carry firearms as well as licensed as a security officer. No criminal record was revealed as a result of the search.

Law enforcement states that it is unknown whether Pulse was targeted because it is a gay nightclub. Tampa FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Ronald Hopper said:

‘We don’t know that that had any specific impact on the actions taken this evening, at least not yet.’

Featured Image is a screenshot from the video.