Sires on mass shootings: ‘How many people have to die before we do more than tweet condolences?’


U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) is weighing in on the two massing shooting in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio in the past 24 hours that have claimed dozens of lives, exclaiming “how many people have to die before we do more than tweet condolences?”

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“My heart goes out to the victims, survivors, and loved ones in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. It breaks my heart that these two communities have been torn apart by gun violence in just the last 24 hours,” Sires said in a statement.

“How many people have to die before we do more than tweet condolences and instead demand that we come together, across the aisle, and do what is best for all of our constituents by getting common sense gun reform signed into law? People shouldn’t live in fear that they could be killed at school, a movie theater, a Walmart, or a bar.”

Sires added that “we must remember the humanity in each of the victims and fight against the hate that has become all too common in our society,” noting that is why he always supports bills that would expand background checks and ban high capacity weapons.

Yesterday, 20 people were murdered, with another 26 people injured, at a shopping center in El Paso, CNN reported.

The TV station also revealed that 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius is in custody and that authorities are treating the incident as an act of domestic terrorism and therefore seeking the death penalty.

Just nine hours later, nine people were killed, along with 27 injured, before the gunman, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was shot to death by police, CBS News reports.

The outlet further stated that Betts used an assault-style rifle with high capacity magazines and was wearing body armor during the incident, which occurred outside a bar.

President Donald Trump (R) tweeted that federal, state and local authorities are working together in both incidents and updates will be provided as they become available.

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  1. Congressman Albio Sires is 100% correct. Supreme Court Justices who actually know how the read the Second Amendment should be confirmed. The granting of the right to ‘keep and bear arms’ is PREDICATED on: “A well-regulated militia being necessary for defense of the Nation…” The word ‘keep’ does NOT exclusively mean ‘to own.’

    • It’s pretty amusing anyone thinks Americans did not or should not own arms as clearly recognized in the nation’s founding under the Second Amendment. The whole point of self-defense and to fend off the tyranny of government is to have a well-trained citizenry (militia) in their use with the ability to act when necessary. High school was a traditional place where such training took place across America. Mass shootings were rare.

      The trend in recent mass shootings is not mental incapacity alone but political motivation with Leftists seeking to kill for political reasons. People are being bombarded with messages to hate senior elected officials from President on down with glorified violence. It’s been hysterical and non-stop since 2016 and far deadlier than the Russia Collusion Hoax to date.

      • Are you referring to the leftist attempting to stop the “hispanic invasion” but slaughtering Mexicans in the El Paso Walmart? Or his hero, the leftist who murdered 49 Muslims at prayer in New Zealand?

        • The El Paso shooter held leftist views on how to protect the environment: eliminate humans. That’s right out of the eugenics playbook. That’s what he allegedly wrote in his manifesto. He killed innocent people combining leftist views with his antipathy against both the Republican and Democrat parties for allowing an illegal immigration invasion contrary to US law. He wrote that he held this view for many years as illegal immigration was supported by corporate entities inside the US. His actions like the Antifa shooter in Ohio are reprehensible.

          Maybe the DNC Media should stop glorifying mindless celebrities who state their desire to “blow up the White House” and “Massacre Mitch” among many other ugly Antifa type urgings in recent days. Antifa planned violent action in El Paso. That’s a fact. They should be declared a terrorist entity and stopped from wearing masks and mobbing innocent Americans in broad daylight, sending them to the hospital with severe injuries.