Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox reacted to the Orlando terror attack this week, saying in an interview that “background checks are not enough” and expressing hope that Congress will ultimately ban “assault weapons.”
Cox, who is transgender, intimated that members of the LGBT community often lose their “families of origin” in this life and “create new families” for themselves. Cox then referenced Pulse Orlando — the gay nightclub that was the site of the terror attack — and said: “People who lost folks at Pulse nightclub lost family.”
Cox told Access Hollywood that one of the lessons from this loss is that “background checks aren’t enough.”
“I hope that finally our politicians can get it together and I believe we need to ban assault rifles. We need to ban assault weapons,” the actress added.
Cox also described President Obama as “an incredible president and an inspired leader.”
Breitbart News previously reported that other celebrities — including Seth MacFarlane and Conan O’Brien — reacted to the Orlando terror attack by pushing gun bans as well. MacFarlane called for a ban on “automatic” weapons while O’Brien called for a ban on “semiautomatic” rifles.
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