Local politicians respond to shootings in Texas and Ohio


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The mass shootings in Texas and Ohio are reigniting the debate over gun control in America.

Several local politicians are weighing in, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

The Democrat tweeted this message:

Republican Congressman Tom Reed, a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, also responded to the shootings.

“Attacking the freedoms of folks that are guaranteed by the Second Amendment is not going to solve this problem. What’s going to solve this problem is the common ground that I think we can find as Democrats and Republicans. What is causing these shootings to occur? What causes the mind behind that weapon to engage in that behavior? Things like mental health, criminal activity.”

Rep. Tom Reed

Reed is co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in the House of Representatives.

After the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last year, that group worked on several pieces of legislation, including reforms to background checks.

On Monday afternoon, Rep. Brian Higgins, a Democrat, also responded to the gun violence:

“In schools, shopping centers, churches and neighborhoods across America people are seeking to inflict terror on the innocent and not nearly enough is being done to stop it. Earlier this year I joined the House in approving two common sense gun background check bills. but the Senate has yet to act. These devastating killings are not partisan, and nor should be the solution.  This national crisis deserves a swift and comprehensive response. Lives are at stake.  The Senate must get to work on gun safety legislation, mental health must continue to be a priority in our healthcare delivery system and we all must do our part to look out for one another.”

Rep. Brian Higgins

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