00:55 GMT04 March 2021
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    As news of the US’ bloodiest mass-shooting started spreading around the country, shocked mourners have taken to social media to express their condolences and horror.

    Hundreds of thousands are posting on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, commenting on the shooting.

    ​Popular hashtags include #PrayForOrlando, #Pulse, #PulseShooting, #PulseNightclub.

    ​Early Sunday, presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump also weighed in on Twitter.

    ​Clinton expressed condolences.

    ​While Trump called the Orlando shooting a demonstration of radical Islamic terrorism and called for toughness, smartness and vigilance.

    ​"Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?… Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!" Trump said on his Twitter account.

    ​Many called for toughening of gun control in the country. The hashtag is  #GunControlNow.

    ​​​On June 12, 2016 29-year-old US citizen Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse gay nightclub in downtown Orlando, killing 50 people and injuring at least 53.

    ​He was eventually shot by a SWAT team after briefly taking some hostages.

    ​The massacre has become the deadliest in recent US history.


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