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Alaska senator says he’s sickened by weekend mass shootings

August 6, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s junior U.S. senator says he’ll look at gun legislation proposed after the mass weekend shootings through the eyes of Alaska residents and their unique use of firearms.

Republican Dan Sullivan says Alaskans use firearms for protection and putting meat on the table and most are strong proponents of Second Amendment rights.

Sullivan answered questions Tuesday after addressing Alaska lawyers and urging them to donate legal aid to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Sullivan’s says he’s sickened by shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio that killed 31 people.

He says the common thread is sick young men, often socially alienated and fueled by social media, and society needs to focus on those issues.

Sullivan says the FBI will brief senators Wednesday on the weekend killings.

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