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IL GOP lawmakers condemn Texas shooting; defend gun rights

Left: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Right: Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL)

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republican lawmakers in Washington have condemned the mass shooting in Texas but they’re defending gun rights.

US Representative Rodney Davis issued a statement calling Tuesday’s shooting “pure evil,” but says taking guns away from law-abiding citizens won’t stop the violence.

He proposes strengthening school security, investing in resource officers, and gun safety education.

Congresswoman Mary Miller released a statement echoing those points and emphasizing her support for gun ownership.

Davis is currently in the 13th congressional district and Miller in the 15th congressional district. Davis and Miller are battling each other in the June primary to represent the newly redrawn 15th congressional district.

Congressman Darin LaHood tweeted the shooting was a “sickening tragedy” while Congressman Adam Kinzinger tweeted  “We have to do something” but he did not elaborate.

None of the lawmakers could be reached for further comment.

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