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Sunday, August 04, 2019 8:49 am

Verbatim: Responses to Dayton mass shooting

The Journal Gazette

These responses have been received to the mass shooting in Dayton overnight:

From Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio:

“As Ohio wakes up this morning to the news of this horrific attack, Connie and I are filled with sadness for the victims and their families and gratitude for the police officers who responded to the scene and the medical professionals caring for the injured. We are also angry -- angry that shooting after shooting politicians in Washington and Columbus refuse to pass sensible gun-safety laws to protect our communities. We are still learning about the attack in Dayton and we don't know exactly what, if anything, could have prevented this specific tragedy. But we know thoughts and prayers are not enough, we have a responsibility to act. 

“My office stands ready to assist the Dayton community with whatever is needed to investigate and recover from this attack.”

From Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann:

“This is insanity. Men, women, and children are being gunned down in our public spaces in mass attacks and as a nation we fail to act. The common, bloody thread that runs through these shootings is a semiautomatic firearm, frequently an assault weapon, equipped with a high-capacity detachable ammunition magazine. Until we reduce the firepower in civilian hands, and stop the gun industry from marketing increasingly lethal, military-bred firearms, this is our future and it will only get worse."

From U.S. Conference of Mayors President Bryan Barnett, mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan:

"Another mass shooting in a great American city is more than we can fathom. Thirteen hours of bloodshed. Twenty-nine innocent people killed -- 20 yesterday in El Paso, nine early today in Dayton. More than 50 wounded in both cities.

"America's mayors stand with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, heartbroken that at least nine people were killed and 26 wounded in an overnight shooting in downtown Dayton. People should be able to enjoy a Saturday night out in safety. This shouldn't be happening in our country.

"We send our condolences to the victims, their families, and the entire Dayton community and recognize the brave actions of our first responders. The police responded quickly -- in less than one minute according to Mayor Whaley -- and saved countless more people from being killed or injured.

"Mayors are doing everything they can in their cities to keep their residents safe, to prevent gun violence from happening in the first place. But this is a national problem. How many times must this tragedy repeat itself before our national leaders act to reduce gun violence in our nation?"