Pittsburgh Mayor: Take Guns From Those ‘Looking To Express Hatred Through Murder’

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto made a case for stricter gun laws during a press conference Sunday addressing the Saturday mass shooting in a synagogue in the city, which left 11 dead.

“We’re dealing with irrational behavior,” Peduto said, responding to a reporter who asked about “getting the gun out of American society.”

“There is no way that you can rationalize a person walking into a synagogue during services and taking the lives of 11 people,” he continued. “We shouldn’t be trying to find ways to minimize the dangers that occur from irrational behavior. We should be working to eliminate irrational behavior and the empowerment of people who would seek to cause this type of carnage from continuing.”

“I think the approach that we need to be looking at is how we take the guns, which is the common denominator of every mass shooting in America, out of the hands of those that are looking to express hatred through murder.”

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  1. That’s fine. But let’s run a parallel track where we require a not-easy-to-get* license to buy heavily taxed ammunition. For anybody who feels this would be unfair to “the vast majority of law-abiding gun-owners”, you’re right. It is. Get over it.

    *certified training, mandatory liability insurance, at a minimum.

  2. Agreed and liability insurance…

  3. Avatar for tena tena says:

    I think requiring liability insurance is one of the best ideas ever. I know why they don’t want to do it but it makes no sense for the rest of us.

  4. Avatar for ljb860 ljb860 says:

    From my personal experience, there is certified, then there is CERTIFIED. As I wrote yesterday on a thread about Pittsburg, I had a neighbor that is totally irresponsible with handling guns, however, he is a “certified” police weapons safety instructor. Therefore the police will do squat about his walking around with chambered, safety off, weapons that he drops at least a couple of times per week.

    Insurance as well as taxing the hell out of ammo…

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