State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, responded to the mass shootings in both Dayton and El Paso, Texas in a statement on Tuesday

"As we have come to expect, those with the power to end the carnage devastating far too many for far too long, once again offer 'thoughts and prayers' to the victims and their families. This phrase rings increasingly hollow as the death toll rises," said Rep. Lepore-Hagan.

According to Lepore-Hagan, elected officials "controlled by the National Rifle Association, Buckeye Firearms, and other extremist groups refuse to help our families be safe."

She says she's praying that those "putting our families at risk" are motivated by these tragedies. 

"They need to start listening to the vast majority of Americans and Ohioans who support sensible gun laws and regulations," added Rep. Lepore-Hagan. 

She suggests reducing gun violence by banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, enacting "red flag" laws, which keep guns out of the hands of people who cannot be trusted, and requiring a stringent background check for all gun purchases, including at gun shows and from private sales. 

"They should be inspired to do everything we must to ensure that the 29 people killed and 53 injured were not sacrificed needlessly," Lepore-Hagan said.

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced some legislative reforms to address gun violence and outlined further action to increase mental health prevention, identification, and treatment. You can click here to read more.