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 SotoBiden signs bill to designate the National Pulse Memorial in Orlando Puerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback Pulse nightclub to become a national memorial 5 years after deadly mass shooting MORE, Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role We must address the declining rate of startup business launches Moderate Democrats call for 9/11-style panel to probe COVID-19 origins MORE and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats 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 BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries 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 TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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 WarrenPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia Warren-backed amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to defense bill 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 HarrisJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms 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 SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week 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 KlobucharHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises 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 BlasioOn The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag De Blasio urges NYC businesses to require coronavirus vaccines Plummeting test scores are a symptom; remote instruction is the disease 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 GillibrandEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power Senators hail 'historic changes' as competing proposals to tackle military sexual assault advance Overnight Defense: Military justice overhaul included in defense bill | Pentagon watchdog to review security of 'nuclear football' | Pentagon carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden 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 InsleeThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer MORE (D), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellTech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case Mo Brooks's Jan. 6 defense raises questions about official immunity and DOJ strategy MORE (D-Calif.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner MORE (D), Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHow Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform For true American prosperity, make the child tax credit permanent Colorado lawmaker warns of fire season becoming year-round MORE (D-Colo.) and Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training Business, labor groups teaming in high-speed rail push Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer MORE (D-Mass.) also tweeted to mark the anniversary.

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Democrats criticize FBI's handling of tip line in Kavanaugh investigation 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 HickenlooperBipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Colorado lawmaker warns of fire season becoming year-round The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden helps negotiate bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (D) also tweeted in support of #HonorThemWithAction.

And Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum 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.