Wisconsin, Minnesota legislators respond to two mass shootings

In the wake of two deadly mass shootings this weekend, some federal legislators are demanding change.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said in response that there are too many in Washington who simply refuse to do anything to take action and work to reduce gun violence. On Twitter, Baldwin said the failure of Washington to act is a moral failure when a majority of Americans are demanding action.

Heartbroken again. Sadly, this is normal in America. That’s the problem. We must do something but the truth is there are too many in Washington who simply refuse to do anything to take action & work to reduce gun violence. Not me. How about you? #ElPaso #massshooting

— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) August 3, 2019

This weekend, at an event in Nevada, Minnesota Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar did not say specifically what policy changes she supports. But, she blamed the National Rifle Association for stopping gun reform legislation.

“This is about the power of an outside group and people who are too afraid to act. And it’s not just about mass shootings. It’s about every single day in America in neighborhoods across the country,” Klobuchar said.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota on August 8. In a statement, he said he was devastated to hear about the tragedies and is heartbroken for the families and loved ones.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said on Twitter that he is heartbroken for the victims and their families. He praised first responders and those who continue to answer the call to service.

The democratic governor also called for reform.

Our hearts are with these communities, but that is not enough. We must take action to end our country’s gun violence epidemic. #EndGunViolenceNOW

— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) August 4, 2019

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