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Arizona political figures react to mass shootings in Texas, Ohio

An El Paso family bring flowers to the makeshift memorial for the victims of Saturday mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, August 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

PHOENIX — Arizona politicians shared their thoughts on social media after two mass shootings — one in Texas and another in Ohio — left dozens dead this weekend.

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally wrote on Twitter that she woke up Sunday devastated to hear of the most recent shooting.

A Saturday afternoon shooting at a shopping area in El Paso, Texas, left 20 dead and 26 wounded. A shooting hours later at a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine more.

McSally’s colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, offered her condolences to the El Paso victims.

Mark Kelly, who is running against McSally for Senate in 2020, called on the Senate to act following the shootings.

Kelly’s wife, former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, was the target of a massacre in Tucson in 2011.

Giffords also tweeted asking for policy change.

Several Arizona Democratic leaders called for gun reform, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and U.S. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Tom O’Halleran.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs also shared their sympathy for the victims.

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