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Local Officials React To Mass Shootings In El Paso, Dayton

August 05, 2019 - 10:43 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Local and state officials are commenting after this past weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement:

“Frances and I are mourning an especially horrific 24 hours of gun violence in America.

We're praying for the victims of El Paso and Dayton, and two young women shot in Philadelphia last night.

Many ills contribute to this rising violence. We can and must take action.

We can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks.

We can make communities safer.

We can target white nationalism and promote tolerance.

We can invest in mental health care and help those struggling.

We cannot accept this violence as normal. We must act.”

Wolf has ordered commonwealth flags across the state to fly at half-staff until sunset on Thursday.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he called the Mayor of Dayton to “offer support and advice gained from our horrific experience. Incredible that states & federal government continue to ignore this epidemic. Doing nothing will not solve the problem.

Pittsburgh Public Safety says they are “deeply saddened” by this past weekend’s mass murders and “we are reminded yet again that the hatred that scarred Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018,” at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

They also say that are constantly preparing or all different types in incidents, including mass shootings.

Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said in the following statement,

 “Over and over and over, we grieve as a nation for the victims of mass shootings, praying for the souls of those who have died and for the long recovery of those with wounded bodies and broken hearts. Our prayers must also lead us to actions that will address the complex causes of these crimes. Among those steps are limiting civilian access to high capacity weapons and magazines, addressing online sites that encourage violence, improving access to mental health care for those who may be prone to violence and working to overcome the racism that contributes to some of these crimes. The victims of these shootings will be in my prayers – as will those who hold the power to help prevent these massacres.”

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