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Pulse to become a National Memorial on 5th anniversary of mass shooting

Visitors pay tribute to the display outside the Pulse nightclub memorial Friday, June 11, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at the site. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the scene of an horrific mass shooting five years ago, will become a national memorial.

The shooter, Omar Mateen, killed 49 and wounded 53 others in the name of ISIS on “Latin Night” at the LGBTQ club June 12th, 2016. President Biden said in a statement Saturday that he will sign the bill designating the site a national memorial and that he has “stayed in touch with families of the victims and with the survivors who have turned their pain into purpose.” Biden described the club as “hallowed ground.”

The president vows to push lawmakers do more to reduce gun violence, such as banning assault weapons and closing loopholes in regulations that enable gun buyers to bypass background checks. Biden said “The nation must acknowledge that gun violence has hurt members of the LGBTQ community.”

“We must drive out hate and inequities that contribute to the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women, especially transgender women of color,” Biden said.