In the Wake of Tragedy

Nation mourns, responds to mass shootings


Mrs. Victoria Ramirez/used with permission

Memorials are displayed for victims outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left 22 people dead Aug.6, in El Paso, Texas.

Jamie Goldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke took the stage in Houston Sept. 12 for the third Democratic primary debate.
“…[W]e’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” the former congressman from El Paso said. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
Those in attendance at Texas Southern University cheered. It was little more than a month earlier that a mass shooting targeting Hispanics in his hometown left 22 people dead and two dozen injured.
Mrs. Victoria Ramirez is the art director at the art museum in El Paso, and she spoke with The Viking Views.
“I was one of the first to be notified, because when the city realized that there was an active shooter, they started to shut down their public facilities like museums [and] libraries, and they even wanted to evacuate parks, because what started happening is that they were getting conflicting stories that there [was] possibly more than one active shooter,” she said. “It was scary, but I was in work mode, shutting down a museum, evacuating staff and just wanting to make sure that visitors got home safely.”
Less than 24 hours later, another shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio.
“It was just 32 seconds from the first shot to the last shot,” Time Magazine reported Aug. 9. “In that time, a 24-year-old gunman with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a 100-round drum magazine was able to kill nine people and wound 27 others.”
President Donald Trump met with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown before meeting with the families of the victims.