Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said Monday that grieving residents in the Buckeye State are incensed over the deadly mass shooting in Dayton over the weekend.
It is a "back and forth between tears and outrage that this kind of senseless violence is happening in the U.S.," Ryan told Cheddar.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a gunman opened fire in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, killing nine people — including his younger sister. The shooter, who wore a mask and bulletproof vest, was killed by police at the scene, authorities said.
Just hours earlier, another gunman killed at least 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Ryan, whose district is roughly 200 miles northeast of Dayton, slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his inaction on putting forth stricter gun control legislation.
"These weapons of war have no place on the streets," Ryan said, adding that mass shootings have "accrued into a disease in the country."
We're going to "make [McConnell] so uncomfortable that he has to do something," Ryan added.
Earlier in the day, the 2020 presidential hopeful tweeted that Republicans won't act on gun control legislation because gun lobbyists are "signing their checks," so he encouraged voters to put Democrats back in control of the Senate. He also called for stricter laws to limit the proliferation of guns in the U.S. and said he was open to any ideas that will help solve the issue
"It is going to happen again if we don't get off our rear end and do something," Ryan told Cheddar. There "are initiatives that can prevent a lot of these mass shootings."