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Obama heads to Orlando a reluctant veteran of memorial services for victims of mass shootings

June 16, 2016
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama is a reluctant veteran of memorial services for victims of mass killings, yet no single one of those he’s presided over prepares him fully to mark the Orlando massacre he will mark Thursday.
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Charleston Church Shooting

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June 19, 2015
Early Sunday morning, 49 people were killed and 53 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and it came just one year after a white gunman opened fired during a Bible study at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people. The Florida shooting once again raises questions about gun violence, hate crimes, and what lawmakers are prepared to do to prevent the next mass shooting.
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Gunman's Wife Gave No Warning to Cops Before Attack, Sources Say

June 15, 2016
Pete Williams, Tom Winter, Jonathan Dienst, Ken Dilanian | NBC News
The Orlando gunman's wife feared he was going to attack a gay nightclub overnight Saturday and pleaded with him not to do anything violent — but failed to warn police after he left, NBC News has learned.
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Obama Denounces Donald Trump for His ‘Dangerous’ Mind-Set

June 15, 2016
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Matt Flegenheimer | The New York Times
President Obama angrily denounced Donald J. Trump on Tuesday for his remarks in the aftermath of the shooting massacre in Orlando, Fla., warning that Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was peddling a “dangerous” mind-set that recalled the darkest and most shameful periods in American history.
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For FBI, another set of 'what ifs'

June 14, 2016
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
The FBI was worried enough about Omar Mateen that it used a confidential informant and electronic surveillance to investigate him before closing the probe in 2014. But when Mateen sought to buy weapons earlier this month, the FBI received no notification.
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Congress remains unlikely to change U.S. gun laws after Orlando shooting

June 14, 2016
Christi Parsons, Lisa Mascaro | Los Angeles Times
Even the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history is not likely to convince Congress to change the nation’s gun laws. Democrats in the Senate said Monday that they would renew efforts to ban gun sales to terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the Orlando attack.
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Gunman Omar Mateen Described as Belligerent, Racist and 'Toxic'

June 13, 2016
Pete Williams, Tracy Connor, Erik Ortiz, Stephanie Gosk | NBC News
Investigators probing gunman Omar Mateen's massacre at least 49 people at a popular gay nightclub in Florida are trying to determine whether terrorism, homophobia or both pushed him over the edge.
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