Local Leaders Testify To Combat Domestic Terrorism

Testimony targets politicians, firearms and rhetoric

Joe DeStio
September 05, 2019 - 9:45 am
Tree of Life Memorial

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security was in Pittsburgh Wednesday taking testimony on the Tree of Life massacre and domestic terrorism.

Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffery Meyers took Washington politicians to task for using what he calls “H-speech.”

The committee is holding hearings in every U.S. city where there have been mass shootings.

“Is it any wonder that my fellow citizens speak in uncivil terms and use H-speech? We have elected leaders that condone it and model it,” Myers said. “It is time for a different direction.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto told the committee assault style weapons on the streets can outgun police.

Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert called the increased level of violence he's seen in his 28 years as a city cop “sickening.”

“Somebody who has a long weapon with a hundred-round clip makes no sense,” he added.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson of Texas said we must confront an epidemic of hate.

Committee members were in Pittsburgh guiding legislation to fight domestic terrorism.

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