Florida Governor Rick Scott held a press conference in Orlando, FL, at 12:20 p.m. (ET) following the mass shooting that began after 2 a.m. in an Orlando LGBT nightclub that left 50 people dead.
“This is clearly an act of terror,” Scott said of what is the now worst mass shooting in U.S. history. “To take that number of lives is clearly an act of terror.”
The Republican governor dodged a question about potentially changing his views on gun legislation following the mass shooting, saying, “Right now, this is the time to find out exactly what happened, it’s the time to pray for the families of the victims and the victims…. There will be plenty of time to deal with how our society comes together [after a mass shooting].”
“For anybody who thinks they should do this, I can tell you the state of Florida and local law enforcement will be swift in their justice,” Scott said.
Scott declared a state of emergency in Orange County and hailed the individuals who entered the club to help last night, knowing full well there was an active shooter inside. He said the names of the deceased have not all been revealed to their families yet.
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