Response to weekend mass shootings from Arizona’s congressional delegation

    Jessica (L) and Kalani Windham leave flowers and a candle outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 20 people dead, on August 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. A 21-year-old white supremacist man suspect surrendered to police at the scene. At least 26 people were wounded in the shooting. Photo by Mario Tama | Getty Images

    In the span of less than 24 hours this weekend, two men hundreds of miles apart used semi-automatic assault rifles equipped with high-capacity magazines to collectively kill 29 people and wound dozens more. 

    The attacker in El Paso, Texas, published a manifesto explaining his attack was intended to kill Latinos, who he said are “invading” America and destroying the country. The motive of the shooter in Dayton, Ohio, is not yet known, but he made a hit-list of fellow students he wished to kill while in high school. One former classmate said he “always had a problem with women” and many of those on the hit-list were girls who had rejected him sexually.

    Here are the social media responses to the shootings from Arizona’s congressional delegation, along with how much money they have received from gun-rights and gun-control groups during their congressional campaigns.

    U.S. Senate

    Martha McSally (R)

    $372,615 lifetime from gun-rights groups

    Kyrsten Sinema (D)

    $1,000 lifetime from gun-control groups

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert)

    $7,000 lifetime from gun-rights groups

    Ruben Gallego (D-Phoenix)

    $1,165 lifetime from gun-control groups

    Paul Gosar (R-Prescott)

    $33,899 lifetime from gun-rights groups

    Raúl Grijalva (D-Tucson)

    No money from gun-control or gun-rights groups

    Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Tucson)

    $12,911 lifetime from gun-control groups

    Debbie Lesko (R-Peoria)

    $12,200 lifetime from gun-rights groups

    Tom O’Halleran (D-Sedona)

    $12,655 lifetime from gun-control groups

    David Schweikert (R-Fountain Hills)

    $44,009 lifetime from gun-rights groups

    No response

    Greg Stanton (D-Phoenix)

    $4,750 lifetime from gun-control groups

    Jim Small
    Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.


    1. Thank you for this information. A good way to start addressing the gun violence problem in our country might be to vote out of office every politician who receives donations from the NRA. Every single one, regardless of party.

    2. I went to Wal-Mart yesterday. I wondered if I would be shot. It’s great that our elected legislators are praying for families of the victims. It would be great if they would also do their job and pass sensible gun control laws.

    3. No surprises here. Split down the political lines. Dems want action & change in gun laws….Yes the person did the shooting, but access to weapons of war did the killing…….there is a big connect here….wake up. During the time they were banned there was not the everyday mass shooting like there is today……GOP’s have only thoughts & prayers& continue to get $$$ from gun groups. Vote Blue in AZ….if you want change…


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