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2020 Democrats call for action after El Paso shooting

Several Democratic presidential contenders called for action to end gun violence after a Saturday shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that resulted in multiple fatalities.

A police source told local news station KTSM that 18 people were killed. The El Paso Police Department confirmed to the outlet that there were multiple fatalities but did not say how many. Police said one person was in custody after the incident. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro expressed sadness while calling for change. 

{mosads}The shooting took place in the hometown of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who canceled some scheduled campaign stops to return to El Paso.

“How many lives must be cut short? How many communities must be torn apart?” wrote Biden. “It’s past time we take action and end our gun violence epidemic.”

“The news out of El Paso is devastating. I’m heartbroken for the victims and their families. Far too many communities have suffered through tragedies like this already. We must act now to end our country’s gun violence epidemic,” Warren wrote.

Sanders specifically faulted the Republican-led Senate that he said “does nothing” after shootings.

Buttigieg noted a personal connection to the area where the shooting took place, saying his grandmother took him to the Cielo Vista Mall when he was younger. 

“How many more must grieve before we act?” he tweeted.

Booker tweeted that the was praying for both “everyone affected by this unspeakable tragedy” and “for our country to find the moral courage to take action to end this carnage.”

O’Rourke, who represented El Paso in Congress, delivered emotional remarks after he received news of the shooting. 

“I’m incredibly sad, and it is very hard to think about this, but I’ll tell you, El Paso is the strongest place in the world,” he said. “I’m going back there right now to be with my family and to be with my hometown.”

O’Rourke later tweeted praise for the people of his birthplace in a video.

“El Paso is one of the strongest places in the world—and if there were ever a moment to be strong, it’s this one,” he said.

Castro, who is also from Texas, directly called for gun reform and blasted what he called “our government’s failure to do its most basic duty: to protect American lives.” 

President Trump also tweeted about the incident, writing “God be with you all!”

Tags 2020 Democratic primary 2020 election Bernie Sanders Beto O'Rourke Cory Booker Donald Trump El paso shooting Elizabeth Warren gun violence Joe Biden Mass shootings Pete Buttigieg

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