Gun control advocates protest at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

A group of activists gathered at the site of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday to call for a federal ban on assault weapons. The event was organized by Florida Rising, Mothers Demand Action, and other groups.

Patti Brigham, a representative for Gun Violence Prevention Florida, cited the increased risk of violence that the LGBTQ community in Florida currently faces, particularly in light of recent legislative measures signed into law.

She stated, “What especially makes this a painful night is the fact that our governor today signed four anti-LGBTQ bills into law. Attacking this precious community once again.”

Ricardo Negron-Almodovar, a survivor of the Pulse shooting, brought attention to the recently passed universal carry laws in Florida as a source of concern for his safety.

“Almost seven years ago, I could have died in this building right behind us,” he said.

Sarah Paquette, with March for Our Lives UCF, added that the LGBTQ community is at a high risk of gun violence and highlighted the potential harm that the new laws could bring.

“This community is more than twice as likely to be a victim of gun violence, and not only did our government just make it legal to carry a gun without a permit, but every week it seems they create laws that further restrict rights for transgender children and their families,” Paquette said.

The organizers also encouraged individuals to contact their elected officials in support of an assault weapons ban. The event took place against the backdrop of heightened fears of gun violence and the continuing efforts of advocacy groups to effect change.

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