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Response to weekend mass shootings from Arizona’s congressional delegation

By: - August 4, 2019 5:14 pm

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

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Jim Small
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. He has also served as the editor and executive director of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.