Oct 28, 2018

Pittsburgh mayor dismisses Trump's call to arm houses of worship

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Sunday pushed back against President Trump’s suggestion that arming houses of worship instead of enacting stronger gun control laws would stop mass shootings like the one at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where at least 11 congregants were killed.

The backdrop: Speaking to reporters after the shooting, President Trump said, "[i]f there was an armed guard inside the temple they would have been able to stop him, maybe there would have been nobody killed, except for him frankly." The gunman has been arrested and charged with 29 federal counts. He made statements about genocide and his desire to kill Jewish people during the shooting.

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