Steve Hughes and Lauren Stanforth at the Albany Times Union
unpack the thoughts and prayers, as they round up reactions from New York political representatives to two horrific mass shootings in the United States. Twenty were killed in Texas, and another 10 in Ohio on Aug. 3 and 4. "Passing universal background checks is supported by more than 90 percent of Americans," Rep. Antonio Delgado said on Twitter. "While not a cure-all that would've stopped every shooting, it provides an urgently needed step towards improved gun safety amid the gun violence epidemic — a public health crisis — in the U.S." New York Senator Charles Schumer urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold an emergency Senate session to pass gun control legislation. "Sen. Mitch McConnell must call the Senate back for an emergency session to put the House-passed universal background checks legislation on the Senate floor for debate and a vote immediately," Schumer said in a tweet. McConnell did not give any hint that he might consider Schumer's proposal. "We stand with law enforcement as they continue working to keep Americans safe and bring justice," is about all McConnell would say on the issue. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Tweeted, "Gun violence in America is a public health epidemic — yet we have done almost nothing to address it." Gov. Andrew Cuomo was upset about the shootings too. "This insanity must stop and it must stop now," Cuomo said in his statement. "Those who are unwilling to do anything about it are complicit. I am sick of the excuses. I don't want to hear 'we can't' — because we know we can, and you just 'don't.'" Rep. Paul Tonko, who represents the 20th Congressional District including all of Albany County, did not release any comment on his website or social media. Read more about this story at the Albany Times Union.