MISSOULA — Montana political leaders are reacting to the weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
Governor Steve Bullock reacted to the shootings both on Facebook and Twitter.
"Two mass shootings in the last 24 hours. We cannot accept this is the nation we will pass down to our kids," he stated in a Facebook post.
On twitter Gov. Bullock wrote," not even 24 hours after el paso, we wake up to more bloodshed in dayton. I'm heartbroken for both communities and for our country. The complexity of the problems underlying this gun violence epidemic cannot serve as an excuse for inaction."
Republican US Senator Steve Daines stated on Facebook that he and his wife were sending their condolences adding, "we are grateful for the bravery of many including law enforcement and other first responders who cared for the victims."
Democratic US Senator Jon Tester he's devastated for the families and add shootings are becoming far too common and have no place in a civilized society.
He also is demanding action saying "Senator Mitch McConnell should call the Senate back to session to address bipartisan background check legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of court adjudicated mentally ill, criminals and terrorists.”
Republican US Representative Greg Gianforte also released a statement on Sunday in response to the shootings.
"Susan and I pray for the victims and their loved ones, and we will hold the communities of El Paso and Dayton close to our hearts. Law enforcement officials acted swiftly and heroically to end these cowardly acts of domestic terrorism.”