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Chicago archbishop blames ‘hateful rhetoric’ after shootings

August 4, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — The archbishop of Chicago says “hateful rhetoric” from some of the country’s leaders is partly to blame for mass shootings.

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich (BLAYZ’ SOO’-pich) issued a statement Sunday in the wake of deadly mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that claimed at least 29 lives in less than 24 hours and wounded numerous others.

Cupich didn’t name anyone specifically, but says the public needs to hold leaders accountable “who fuel these violent acts by dividing humanity through hateful rhetoric.” He says “elected officials who have failed to condemn hate speech” must be stopped.

In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire Saturday in a shopping area, killing 20. Hours later in Dayton, Ohio, a gunman opened fire in a popular nightlife area, killing nine.

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