Local Politicians Look At Legislation To Prevent Mass Shootings

Local, federal lawmakers seek solutions after two more mass shootings

Jennifer Bloodworth
November 09, 2018 - 2:51 pm
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By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Pittsburgh-area politicians are talking about what can be done about mass shootings in light of the massacres at a Squirrel Hill synagogue and a Southern California bar.

City councilman Corey O'Connor doesn't shy away from using the words “gun control” and “background checks” in describing what Pittsburgh officials will look at, but he says they can't do it alone.

“We need cities and municipalities across the state, and maybe even across the country to join us,” he told the press Thursday. “Because we know we’re going to go to court.”

O'Connor says it’s also about setting a tone that these kinds of shootings aren't acceptable.

Mayor Peduto's Chief of Staff Dan Gilman says other municipalities and state government must be part of the conversation.

Marine Corps veteran and Congressman Conor Lamb told the KDKA Radio Morning News Friday it is up to legislators to protect the people they represent.

“The point which we should do something is long past,” Lamb said.

“That is what is so not only frustrating but scary about these shootings is that they seem to reveal how much the gridlock in Washington and in many of our state capitols really affects our whole way of life.”

Lamb says better protecting public will come down to bipartisan efforts and stronger regulations, and adds the solution is much more complex than simply focusing on limiting access to certain firearms.

“Improving the background check system, improving access to mental health treatment for young people, improving the securities at schools … if we could just get together and do things in those three broad areas, I think we would make people a lot safer,” Lamb said.

Joe DeStio contributed to this report. 

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