Sen. Johnson, Rep. Duffy, Sen. Baldwin issue statements on mass shootings

Published: Aug. 5, 2019 at 12:07 PM CDT
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Sen. Ron Johnson and Congressman Sean Duffy has issued states following two mass shootings over the weekend.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, stated the following after two mass shootings occurred over the weekend:

“I appreciate the president’s comments this morning condemning the violent extremism that led to this weekend’s horrific domestic terror mass shootings. We must remain committed to tenaciously rooting these cancers out of our society. “For years, we have experienced a coarsening of our culture, and have been witnessing what Senator Patrick Moynihan accurately termed ‘defining deviancy down.’ Although there are no quick fixes guaranteed to prevent future tragedies, I believe there are effective, bipartisan actions that can be taken. For example, multiple commissions formed in the aftermath of school shootings have issued widely agreed upon recommendations that can be applied both in schools and in other public spaces to prevent and mitigate mass violence. We also need to seriously re-evaluate how our society treats mental illness to keep firearms out of the hands of people who pose a danger to themselves and their communities. But the long-term solution lies in renewed faith, strengthened families, and less virtual socialization and more genuine human to human interaction in real communities.”

Rep. Sean Duffy tweeted

Rachel and I are both heartbroken by the senseless violence in El Paso and Dayton. There is no place in this country for this kind of evil. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragedy.

Democratic senator Tammy Baldwin told NewsChannel 7 today that "We watch these tragedies over and over again, and nothing happens, and nothing happens. So yes, if we could move forward on this issue, I would be out [in Washington D.C.] in a second."

In reference to the President's reference to background checks that he tweeted Monday morning, she said "I'm a gun owner, and I strongly support the second amendment. But I do not believe there's an inconsistency with thorough background checks and the second amendment. And we have loopholes where sales and exchanges aren't subject to a background check, and I think we should close that."

Saturday at 11 a.m., Patrick Crusius, 21 opened fire at Walmart in El Paso. Twenty-one people have died and 26 were injured. Crusius was arrest on capital murder. Authorities said Sunday his alleged crimes were being investigated as domestic terrorism.

In Dayton, Ohio, nine people were killed and 27 were injured around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning in a popular part of downtown. Police say Connor Stephen Betts, 24, allegedly carried out the massacre with a .223-caliber rifle that he legally purchased.

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