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Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto rebukes Trump’s calls for armed guards

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  • Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto hit back at President Donald
    Trump’s comments that officials should increase armed security in
    the wake of mass attacks.
  • Speaking a day after a gunman killed 11 at a Pittsburgh
    synagogue, Peduto said officials should “not try to create laws
    around irrational behavior,” but take guns “out of the hands of
    those looking to express hatred through murder.”
  • Trump said Saturday afternoon that he thought if the
    synagogue had “protection inside, the results would have been far
    better.”

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto hit back at President Donald Trump’s
comments
that officials should look to increase armed
security in public places in the wake of mass attacks.

After a gunman killed 11 people at a
Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, Peduto told host Chuck Todd on
Sunday’s “Meet the Press”
that officials should confront
“irrational” individuals in creating proactive policy.

Speaking after the attack, Trump said if the Tree of Life
synagogue had “protection inside, the results would have been far
better.”

A reporter later asked if Trump meant that all places of worship
should have armed guards. Trump replied that it was “certainly an
option” to what he said was “a world with many problems.”

Peduto rejected Trump’s prescription of ramping up armed
security, saying sacred public places deserved more proactive
measures of protection that would confront “irrational behavior.”

“We’re dealing with an irrational person who acted irrationally —
trying to create laws around that is not the way that we should
govern,” Peduto said. “We should try to stop irrational behavior
from happening at the forefront. And not try to create laws
around irrational behavior to continue.”

Officials confirmed the shooting suspect was 46-year-old Robert Bowers, who
shouted “all Jews must die” while opening fire Saturday morning,
according to Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA.

When Trump responded to questions from reporters Saturday
afternoon about the attack’s potential effects on gun policy, he
said gun control laws had “little to do with” the shooting.

During a Sunday morning press conference, Peduto doubled down on
his comments about gun policy when asked, saying officials should
look to make plans to directly control access to guns.

“We should take the guns, which are the common denominator of
every mass shooting in America, out of the hands of those looking
to express hatred through murder,” Peduto said.

Peduto has tangled with Trump before, shooting back on Twitter when
Trump said he was “elected by voters of Pittsburgh” in a
statement that declared his decision to withdraw from the
Paris Climate Agreement
.

Peduto concluded his remarks at the press conference in saying,
“Let this horrific episode be another mark in the march of
humanity towards recognizing that we are all one.”

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