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The country has been at war with a silent enemy: mass shootings. In fact. according to CBS News, there have been more mass shootings than days in 2019 thus far. This past weekend (Aug. 2-4) brought more mass shootings into an already wild year as both Dayton (OH) and El Paso (TX) were the sites of more tragedy and pain.

Saturday (Aug.3) began with a mass shooting in El Paso, TX at an area Wal Mart just after 10:30AM. At least two dozen were injured and at least 20 were killed. Then, early Sunday (Aug.4)  morning another shooting took place, this time in Dayton, OH where 27 were wounded and 9 were killed.

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Both shooters have been linked to White Nationalist groups and have created a narrative of racially charged behavior on their social sites exposing their hatred for certain groups.  The gunman in the El Paso shooting, Patrick Crusius (21), has been taken into custody after surrendering to police officers shortly after the attack. The gunman in the Dayton shooting, Connor Betts (24) was killed on the scene by police. Betts’ sister, Megan, was one of the 9 victims in the shooting.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the families affected from these tragedies across the country. As lawmakers and officials continue to search for ways to lessen these mass shootings, we pray for improved safety not just in our city, but across the country.