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 SotoFormer state House candidate says she made up story about removing 77 bullets from Pulse shooting victims Democratic Florida House candidate admits to lying about being a doctor after dropping out of race Scandal in Puerto Rico threatens chance at statehood MORE, Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyHouse Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify House approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour Omar introduces resolution affirming 'right to participate in boycotts' ahead of possible vote on anti-BDS bill MORE and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsElection security to take back seat at Mueller hearing House gears up for Mueller testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal 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 officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden campaign taps foreign policy vet Nicholas Burns as adviser: report 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 ButtigiegNashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg Buttigieg says white supremacy could be 'issue that ends this country' Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll 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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 warns another 'economic crash' is coming The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll 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 HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll New CBS poll shows Biden with 7-point lead in New Hampshire 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 Sanders'Medicare for All': The hype v. Maryland's reality Biden says he supports paying campaign staff minimum wage Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll 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 KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage 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 BlasioLawyer says suspect in mob boss killing believed he was on mission from Trump Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage 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 Elizabeth GillibrandHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage 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 InsleeDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown MORE (D), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage MORE (D-Calif.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockTrump tweets, rally chant dominate Sunday shows as president continues attacks Sunday shows - Fallout over Trump tweets Bullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage MORE (D), Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-Colo.) and Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonStanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally 2020 Democratic candidates rip Trump remarks at campaign rally MORE (D-Mass.) also tweeted to mark the anniversary.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTrump tweets, rally chant dominate Sunday shows as president continues attacks Sunday shows - Fallout over Trump tweets Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' 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 Wright HickenlooperDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D) also tweeted in support of #HonorThemWithAction.

And Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamMoulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage Top Democrats who could win presidential nomination 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.