2020 Democrats mark three years since Pulse nightclub shooting
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On the three-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls paid tribute to the 49 victims and renewed calls for gun control. 

Wednesday marked three years since the 2016 shooting that authorities described as both a hate crime and an act of terror. Nearly 50 people were killed and dozens of others were injured when a gunman opened fire at the nightclub, a popular spot with the local LGBTQ and Hispanic communities. 

The third anniversary comes just after Democratic Florida Reps. Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoTwo years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds House passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans House fails to pass temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans MORE, Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyPelosi to introduce plan to lower cost of prescription drugs: report Democrats ignore Asian American and Pacific Islander voters at their peril Blue Dog Democrats urge action on election security MORE and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsGun epidemic is personal for lawmakers touched by violence Trump officials say children of some service members overseas will not get automatic citizenship Trump takes post-Mueller victory lap MORE introduced legislation to designate the club as a national memorial.

Former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) tweeted Wednesday morning: “Three years ago, 49 lives were lost in a mass shooting targeting the Pulse nightclub—the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in history. We must act to end these tragedies, and prevent those that would harm LGBTQ individuals from obtaining firearms.”

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE said, "The horrific attack on Pulse Nightclub still shakes our nation to the core." Biden shared a photo of himself with former President Obama visiting a memorial for the victims in Orlando after the attack.

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In an email and tweet to supporters marking the anniversary, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE expressed support for the LGBTQ, Latino and black communities. Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay president if elected, added that Congress should "deliver on common-sense gun safety laws supported by an American majority," including universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and incentivizing hate crime legislation at the state level.

"It was an attack on people who look like me, and an attack on people who look nothing like me. It was an attack on all of us. It was an attack on individuals expressing their sexuality, their heritage, their gender, and their freedom," Buttigieg wrote. 

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) posted a video of himself addressing a group of supporters about his campaign’s LGBTQ policy proposals, such as reversing President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE’s ban on transgender troops in the military, fighting violence against transgender women of color, appointing federal judges who believe in the “full civil rights of every single American” and ending conversion therapy. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (D-Mass.) called the shooting “an attack on our LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities” in a tweet and sent out an email to campaign supporters calling for "commonsense gun reform." 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted, "Today we remember the 49 lives — mostly Latinx and LGBTQ+ — cut short from hate and gun violence three years ago. In their memory, let’s act to prevent the next heartbreak."

She also shared the names of the 49 victims in a tweet from her official Senate account

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted "We remember the 49 lives lost to senseless gun violence and hate at the #Pulse nightclub in Orlando three years ago today. We must finally pass commonsense gun safety legislation, and continue the fight against hatred and bigotry in all its forms."

Sanders also retweeted a post from the March For Our Lives organization, accusing Republicans of being "in the pocket" of the NRA.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMSNBC 'Climate in Crisis' special draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller MORE (D-Minn.) remembered those injured and killed in the shooting, tweeting "During PRIDE month, we honor our progress but know how much work remains ahead to pass gun safety legislation and protect LGBTQAmericans with the Equality Act and more."

New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York Post hits de Blasio with front-page 'obituary' for 2020 campaign Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding Uber sues New York City to void 'cruising cap' limit MORE, meanwhile, called the attack an "unthinkable act of hate and terror" and told the LGBTQ community "this city sees you, we welcome you and we stand with you."

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBooker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted "We must do more than remember the victims: We must fight to end gun violence, and refuse to accept homophobia, transphobia, and racism — wherever it takes root."

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Yang floats nominating Inslee as 'climate czar' MORE (D), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration' MORE (D-Calif.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockIowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC New poll finds Biden, Warren in virtual tie in Iowa MORE (D), Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Bennet: 'This generation has a lot to be really angry at us about' MORE (D-Colo.) and Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mass.) also tweeted to mark the anniversary.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (D-N.J.) also addressed gun control legislation, vowing to “end the NRA’s reign” and “build a nation based on love and respect for one another.”

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast MORE (D) also tweeted in support of #HonorThemWithAction.

And Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 10 points in Florida Nearly 60 US mayors pen op-ed backing Buttigieg's 2020 bid MORE (D) tweeted that he would refuse to accept Congress's lack of action on gun control as “the new norm.” 

—This report was updated at 6:26 p.m.