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‘Horrified and heartbroken:’ Tri-State leaders respond to Texas mass shooting

Eighteen children and three adults were killed during a shooting at a Texas elementary school.
Eighteen children and three adults were killed during a shooting at a Texas elementary school.
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 5:45 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Political leaders from around Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are reacting to the Texas school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives Tuesday afternoon.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear condemned the “senseless act of violence.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tweeted in part, “Fran and I will keep the victims and their families in our prayers, and we ask all Ohioans to do the same.”

Ohio Democrat and gubernatorial hopeful Nan Whaley weighed in as well. Whaley was the mayor of Dayton in 2019 when a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 in a mass shooting in city’s Oregon District.

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The Dayton shooting suspect, a 24-year-old man, was wearing body armor and opened fire with a .223 caliber rifle drawing from a 100 double-round drum magazine. The gun was ordered online from Texas and transferred to a local dealer in the Dayton area.

In the aftermath of that shooting, DeWine called for gun-control measures including background checks and a red-flag law. Whaley praised the package of proposed laws. That package, however, died quickly in the Ohio legislature.

US Senator Rob Portman (D-OH) tweeted thanks to the “brave first responders who run toward danger in the name of protecting us all.”

US Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tweeted Tuesday evening, “Horrified and heartbroken by reports of the disgusting violence directed at innocent schoolkids in Uvalde, Texas. The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, and staff and the first responders on the scene.”

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) tweeted in part, “Our babies are being killed by gun violence and we are failing them. We have to do something.

JD Vance tweeted, “Christ have mercy. Please say a prayer for these poor kids and their families.”

Ryan is running against Vance for the US Senate seat vacated by Rob Portman.

Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-24) tweeted, “Our babies deserve better than this. How many times do children have to be gunned down in their schools and neighborhoods for us to actually get serious about addressing the epidemic of gun violence in this country?”

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