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Steve Nesius/Reuters

President Obama addressed the nation this afternoon about the tragic mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.

Though the president said investigators haven’t figured out a definitive motive for the shooting, which claimed the lives of at least 50 people, he called the massacre “an act of terrorism and an at of hate.”

During his remarks, the president also called the incident of “a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people at a school, house of worship, or at a nightclub.”

Investigators have identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, a Florida man who apparently had a history of violence, harbored homophobic feelings, and reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS before the slaying. According to Mateen’s father, the 29-year-old was possibly set off by seeing two gay men holding hands while he was with his wife and child.

A frustrated President Obama said this incident is yet another reminder that we need to have a serious conversation about guns.

“We have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be,” the president said. “And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

While the situation is developing, the Orlando shooting is now the largest mass shooting in America.

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