Just one week after the mass shooting in Orlando club considered as the deadliest in the nation’s history, the United States Senate failed to advance new restrictions aimed at curtailing gun violence in the country.
Though the Democrats and Republicans had put forth competing amendments strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms, all the four bills fell short of 60 votes needed to clear it.
The Florida nightclub killer called himself an “Islamic soldier” and threatened to strap hostages into explosive vests in calls with police during the three-hour siege, according to transcripts released by the FBI on Monday.
FBI has released a full transcript of Omar Mateen’s call to 911, an emergency number operated across the USA.
From inside the gay Orlando nightclub, the gunman, Omar Mateen told police negotiators to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that was why he was “out here right now.”
The conversations shed more light on the possible motivations of Mateen, who killed 49 people and injured 53 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
In a first call he made to a 911 emergency operator, Mateen said “I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may God protect him, on behalf of the Islamic State,” referring to the head of Islamic State.
Authorities believe Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, acted alone in the June 12 rampage, with no help from Islamist militant networks. The 29-year-old security guard was killed by police after more than three hours in the club.
Here are latest updates:
* The campaign ‘Love is Love’ and ‘Strong Orlando’ trends on twitter as people expresses support.
* People voice support for gun blockade across America.
* A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway – even over restricting firearms for terrorists. In largely party-line votes, senators rejected one proposal from each side to keep extremists from acquiring guns and a second shoring up the government’s system of required background checks for many firearms purchases.
(With inputs from Agencies)