The governor of New York, Adrew Cuomo, lamented the "horrible gunfight" that occurred on Saturday in a mall in Texas, which left several dead and multiple wounded and again criticized President Donald Trump for "bending over" to the National Rifle Association.
"My heart is broken by the victims of this horrible shooting in El Paso, Texas," he said in a statement.
"While the president cowardsly bows to the National Rifle Association (NRA), the gun violence epidemic is tearing apart our nation and people are dying," said Cuomo, a Trump critic, who has defended this organization throughout its mandate
Last April, Trump criticized the New York Attorney General's Office after initiating an investigation of the NRA's finances, of which he said it is such an "important organization."
"Thoughts and prayers will not stop this madness. In New York, we stand up for the NRA. We stand up for the safety of children, for sanity," the governor added.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, confirmed 20 dead and 24 wounded by the shooting at a shopping center in El Paso, a border city with Mexico. The shooter is in the custody of the authorities.
According to Cuomo until the leaders in Washington don't do something, "these pointless deaths will continue."
President Trump reacted to the shooting through his Twitter account in which he said he was "working with local and state authorities, and security forces" and had "talked to the governor to offer full support from the federal government."
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is out of town, in the midst of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, also regretted the tragedy.
"Innocent civilians shot dead by assault weapons in El Paso. Gun violence is an epidemic in our country that does not discriminate," he said on Twitter.
De Blasio said that this violence will not end until the lobbying for weapons is stopped and "stronger and smarter" laws are achieved.
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