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It Took Seven Minutes For This Reporter To Buy An Assault Rifle Just Like The One Used In The Orlando Shooting

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This is incredible!!

Helen Ubinas is a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and she was so motivated by the horrific nightclub shooting in Orlando over the weekend, that she decided to test the system and make a statement in her own way.

That is, she wanted to prove a point about gun control laws by walking into a gun shop and buying a weapon — the exact same weapon that was used in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Related: Orlando Survivor Pens Powerful Letter To Shooter: 'We Are Stronger Than Your Hate'

Only, Ubinas didn't count on one thing during her trip: it was so simple to purchase the gun that it even left her absolutely shocked at just how quickly she was able to do it.

Seven minutes.

That's right. It took her SEVEN MINUTES to buy an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

She recounted her story today in a horrifyingly jarring piece in Philadelphia's Inquirer, in which she wrote:

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Orlando Shooting Survivors Speak At Press Conference — As Doctors Say We'll See 'Death Toll Rise'

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This is so tough to handle… but it's necessary to hear these stories if we ever want real change to our country's gun laws.

Doctors and victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting assembled on Tuesday morning for a major press conference to update the media on the number of injured, as well as the conditions of some of those wounded.

Related: Anderson Cooper Breaks Down On Air

At the press conference, one survivor — Angel Colon — spoke publicly about his experience in the attack, where he was wounded after gunman Omar Mateen shot him three times in the leg.

Colon said:

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Pay Their Respects To Orlando Shooting Victims — See What They Wrote

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This is such a powerful image — and a powerful message to boot.

Prince William and Kate Middleton paid their respects to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting on Tuesday at the American embassy in London.

Related: Here Are The 49 Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims

The royal couple made a surprise visit to the embassy in order to show their solidarity in standing with the victims and against terror, even going so far as to sign the guest book and share a very important message inside (as pictured, above).

In the guest book, William wrote:

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Orlando Shooting Survivor Pens Powerful Letter To Shooter: 'We Are Stronger Than Your Hate'

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This is so powerful!

Alejandro Francisco survived the horrific Orlando nightclub shootings, making it out of Pulse Nightclub alive — and now he's penned an incredible open letter to the shooter about his victims.

Related: Lin-Manuel Miranda Delivers A Sonnet About Orlando Shooting!

On Monday night, Francisco took to XoJane to speak directly to gunman Omar Mateen and list everything that was taken from him — and Orlando's LGBT community — because of the senseless, needless violence.

In part, Francisco wrote:

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Orlando Shooting: Nick Jonas, Lady GaGa, Tituss Burgess, & More Honor Victims At Emotional Vigils

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What an emotional day.

As we continue to try to grapple with the horrible events that occurred in Orlando early Sunday morning, celebrities are proving they have been just as emotionally stung by the violence as we are — and they are showing strength and love.

Related: Donald Trump Congratulates Himself After Orlando Nightclub Shooting!

Several celebs — including Nick Jonas, Lady GaGa, Andy Cohen, Tituss Burgess, and more — spoke at vigils around the country on Monday night, memorializing the victims of the weekend's senseless attack.

Burgess spoke at a vigil in New York City, and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor was obviously extremely emotional — and took the shooting personally, as so many of us have. He said:

"I have to tell you, being here and seeing all of your faces has comforted me in a way that I did not expect coming down here. I am indeed Orlando, and in times like this, I find myself at a loss for what to do. I love you guys."

Burgess sang Somewhere from West Side Story in an attempt to bring the crowd unity, before departing the stage in an obviously emotional state:

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Orlando Shooting: Man Who Sent Heartbreaking Texts To Mother Confirmed Dead

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The stories are coming in more and more frequently, and they are just so awful.

Eddie Justice, a man trapped inside Pulse Nightclub who was sending his mother frantic texts about what was happening, has been confirmed dead after the weekend's tragic events in Orlando.

Related: Here Are All The Victim's Of This Tragedy

Justice was one of the 49 people killed by shooter Omar Mateen after the deranged gunman opened fire in the club — but it's Justice's story that millions of people have seen through cable TV news and other outlets.

When the shooting started, the 30-year-old accountant ran into a bathroom in an attempt to hide.

But after his group was trapped there and eventually cornered by the shooter, he began sending his mother Mina frantic text messages that startled her awake just after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The two had a full conversation back and forth, with Justice writing:

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John Oliver Delivers Beautiful Message After Orlando Nightclub Shooting On Last Week Tonight

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So touching to see John Oliver so visibly moved like this.

The Last Week Tonight host went on his HBO show on Sunday evening and — despite having an already pre-planned routine that he'd been preparing all week, spoke off the cuff about the horrible nightclub terror tragedy in Orlando.

Related: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Orlando Attack

The fiery TV host didn't hold back in his very brief comments addressed to the audience at the very top of his show, after which things more or less ran normally.

But it's what John said — and how he said it — that is attracting so much attention.

He opened it up by seeing the good in America with a message about the club, and Latin night, and Disney World (below):

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