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President Trump has a simple solution for gun violence: give everyone a gun. Arm the school teachers! Arm the churches! Arm the synagogues!
He repeated his variation on the false and tired NRA slogan that “the only solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” in response to the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania yesterday that killed 11 people.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto vehemently disagrees with the president on this contentious issue.
“I don’t think that the answer to this problem is solved by having our synagogues, mosques and churches filled with armed guards or our schools filled with armed guards,” Peduto told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet The Press this morning.
“I think we’re dealing with an irrational person who acted irrationally,” he continued. “And trying to create laws around that is not the way that we should govern. We should try to stop irrational behavior from happening at the forefront.”
While Mayor Peduto refrained from demanding stricter gun control laws during the interview, he did mention that he is a member of a bipartisan group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Robert Bowers, the man arrested for committing the hate crime slaughter, was a licensed gun owner with at least six registered firearms purchases over the years and no known criminal record, so current gun regulations would not have prevented him from acquiring his deadly arsenal.
The Democratic mayor was also asked whether he’d like to see Trump attend a community vigil for the victims of the massacre but deferred the decision to the victim’s families.
Trump has condemned the attack with scripted “thoughts and prayers” comments, labeling it “an assault on humanity” and exhorting Americans to defeat “the scourge of anti-Semitism,” before continuing to drum up antipathy towards Democrats, foreigners, and diversity at another yet another political rally yesterday in a speech that continued to employ anti-Semitic dog whistles.
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