The people of El Paso, Texas, as well as the rest of the country, were shocked and grieved on Saturday following a mass shooting at a busy Walmart that left more than 20 people killed and more than 20 others wounded.
Speaking with Fox News in the aftermath of the tragic incident, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo refrained from the usual partisan finger-pointing that too often emerges in the immediate wake of such events.
Instead, the mayor said that he was singularly focused on “making sure that we can bring our city together.”
Margo praised the police response to the shooting and expressed his heartfelt condolences for the victims and their families, and also asserted that such a tragedy was incredibly unusual for his typically rather safe city.
Sadly, the mayor noted that he was “gearing up for 20 funerals” in the near future and offered up a message to the families of the lost victims: “My heart is breaking. You’re in our prayers. We’ll do anything we can to support you, and we’re all in this together.”
There will be time for a debate in the coming days about potential solutions to the recurring problem of mass shootings, but the El Paso mayor had the right idea to set all of that aside for the time being to instead focus on comforting everybody in the wake of the horrible incident.
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