Pulse nightclub shooting: Tributes pour in to mark the second anniversary of the Orlando massacre

Today marks the second anniversary of the shooting which saw 49 people killed at a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando.

At the time it was America’s deadliest massacre, and two years on people have taken to Twitter to pay emotional tribute to those who died, their words filled with love and demands for change to the gun laws.

Today marks the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting (Getty)

Ryan L Terry tweeted: “It’s been 2 years since the tragedy at #PulseOrlando. 49 innocent people lost their lives, including a friend/coworker. Please take a moment to reflect on the tragedy, those they left behind, and how YOU can make a difference with your vote. #GunReformNow #LoveisLove #OnePulse”

Lauren West wrote: “We mourn, we remember and we never ever forget. 49 flames extinguished too soon, 49 lives lost for being who they were, may their souls rest in peace #OrlandoUnited #PulseOrlando #lgbtq #LGBTPROUD #pulsenightclub #rip #pridemonth”

“Two years ago, we lost 49 beautiful souls. My heart is still broken and will be forever. We love you. #PulseOrlando #WeareOrlando #Pride2018 #love,” wrote Ryan Freeman.

Speak Out Brevard pledged: “We will never forget the 49 lives tragically lost 2 years ago. We will never stop fighting for an #AssaultWeaponBan and common sense #GunControl. #Pulse #OrlandoUnited #OrlandoStrong #PulseOrlando”

Tributes have poured in for the 49 victims, with those remembering them also demanding tougher gun laws

Another Twitter user called Carys said: “2 years since 49 innocent lives were taken away senselessly. But as always, the world fought back, it came together stronger, LGBT communities and supporters got louder. We’ll never back down, I’ll never back down. Love always wins. Change is coming. #PulseOrlando.”

And Bails simply wrote: “Love should always and will always win #OrlandoStrong #PulseOrlando.”

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Keion Carter, survivor of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, breaks down while speaking the audience during a memorial service and rally for the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, down the street from the historic Stonewall Inn June 12, 2017 in New York City. Monday marks the one year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Despite authorities calling the massacre an act of terrorism, human rights activists have branded it a hate crime due to the communities targeted (Getty)

The death toll from the siege carried out by Omar Manteen, 29, is the second-most lethal in US history, surpassed only by the October 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival which saw 59 people killed.

Yesterday, survivors from Pulse and the February’s Marjory Stoneman High School shooting took part in a rally along with hundreds of others to call for tougher firearms restrictions.

While authorities have called the nightclub massacre an act of Islamic extremism, civil rights activists have called it a hate crime, pointing to the large number of Latino and gay men targeted.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Dillon Caldwell places a candle in the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as he remembers those lost one year ago during a mass shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

LGBTQ people are still not protected by the law in Florida when it comes to discrimination (Joe Raedle/Getty)

Now members of the LGBTQ community have accused Florida Governor Rick Scott and other Republican politicians for contributing to hostilities by refusing to prohibit discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity.

Addressing the crowd outside Orlando City Hall, Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf said: “We asked the Governor to protect us, and sign an executive order, saying that we would not be discriminated against in our workplace. We were met with excuses.”