Florida governor: Orlando shooting ‘clearly an act of terrorism’

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Sunday called the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., an act of terrorism and issued a warning to anyone considering launching similar attacks. 

{mosads}”This is clearly an act of terrorism. You just can’t imagine this would happen to our community, our state or anywhere in our country, but for somebody to go in there and be an active shooter and take those — that number of lives and injure that many people is clearly an act of terror,” Scott told reporters. 

Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen from Florida, is suspected in the shooting that killed 50 and injured 53 people at Pulse in Orlando overnight. 

Law enforcement officers and politicians have speculated that Mateen had links to terrorism.

“For anybody that thinks that they should do this, I can tell you the state of Florida, the local law enforcement will be swift in their justice,” Scott said. 

“We have great law enforcement in our state, and they’re always going to do the right thing.” 

Toward the end of the news conference, Scott held back tears as he empathized with the friends and families of the victims in the shootings. 

“I’ve got kids and grandkids. You can’t imagine,” he said. “The Orlando area, the Orange County area, the state of Florida — we’re very resilient. We will come together and do everything we can to help everybody that’s been impacted.” 

Scott also deflected a question from a reporter about gun reform policy, saying there’s “plenty of time” to discuss it in the future. 

“We’re dealing with a tragedy right now. Our prayers go out to everybody impacted. Law enforcement is doing their job. There will be plenty of time to think about how we continue to improve our society, and we’re going to think about how we can do that.” 

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