The Miller Brewery, part of Molson Coors, in Milwaukee's "Miller Valley" as shown in a 2013 image. (Shutterstock)
The Miller Brewery, part of Molson Coors, in Milwaukee's "Miller Valley" as shown in a 2013 image. (Shutterstock)

From thoughts and prayers to slamming inaction on gun safety

Before starting a news conference on coronavirus precautions, President Trump opened with remarks about the shooting deaths.

“I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to our friends in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where a gunman opened fire on a MolsonCoors plant taking the lives of five or six people. It’s a terrible thing, a terrible thing. So our hearts go out to the people of Wisconsin.”

Elected officials, presidential candidates and others took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to react to the shooting at the MolsonCoors Miller Brewery in Milwaukee. A sample of that reaction follows and will be updated.

Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, and Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, issued a joint statement that includes: “Acts of violence like this shake our communities to their core. We all deserve to feel safe at home, at work, and in our community. We are grateful to the first responders and law enforcement personnel who responded to this tragic incident. We appreciate their brave work and dedication to our community.

“Molson Coors is a part of our community and we are a part of theirs. They have been a part of Milwaukee’s near west side for over 100 years. We grieve over the loss of life and pledge to work to build the safest community we can.”

State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, and a candidate for mayor in April, spoke to WITI-TV about the moments of uncertainty because her mother lives nearby. She then noted, “MolsonCoors has been a cornerstone of this community, so this is especially tragic. My prayers go to the family…I think the issue of mental health is huge, I think the issue of what to do to make sure there is responsible gun ownership is huge because, in the end, we want to figure out what we can do when people are in a crisis so that lives are not lost.”

Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, D-Milwaukee, took aim at the National Rifle Association and their political supporters in saying, “In times like this, thoughts and prayers are not – and never have been – enough.

“In the past 16 years, Wisconsin communities have suffered ten mass shootings, and countless other fatal and near-fatal incidents involving firearms. Time and again, public opinion polling shows that Wisconsinites are in favor of common sense gun reform legislation. We have a governor who specifically called a special session of the Legislature this session in order to address gun violence. And yet, time and again, bought-and-paid-for Republican politicians in this state do everything they possibly can to block simple and popular reform measures… all while more and more Wisconsinites die as a direct result…

“So today, I have one question for any politician who continues to block these life-saving reforms: how many NRA dollars are Wisconsin lives worth?”