You can read about how local El Paso politicians made the murder of 50 people about themselves HERE.
Did anyone think any elected official in El Paso was for the murder of innocent people? No. No need to clarify your stance in order to enhance your public image.
This is what is wrong with today's politician in America. It's a constant public relations effort to elevate their popularity through meaningless declarations. In the old days the most important person on a politician's staff was the policy guy. Now the most important person is the press secretary. What does that tell you about how far we've fallen away from the days of greatness in this country?
I was also miffed by the wording I saw on Facebook when they were trying to gather people for this "look at me" moment. I kept seeing "El Paso's Leadership..." None of those people are leaders. They are representatives. They represent their constituents. They do not lead them. Besides, a "leader" doesn't go looking for a microphone and a camera when there's a tragedy. A "leader" fixes what is broken and then goes about permanently solving the problem. Ask a veteran what leadership looks like - they'll tell you.
The proper response here is to shut your mouth and let the world focus on the real victims of this violence.
Look at it this way - you're best friend's mom dies and you go over to their house and spend the day telling the family how much this upsets you.