Pittsburgh Plans Peace and Unity Rally Friday

City Will Look at Gun Control and Other Measures

Joe DeStio
November 08, 2018 - 3:59 pm
 Pittsburgh public safety officials are assuring people who plan to attend Friday’s peace and unity gathering at Point State Park their will be ample security at the event.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) Pittsburgh public safety officials are assuring people who plan to attend Friday’s peace and unity gathering at Point State Park their will be ample security at the event. Officials aren’t sure how many people to expect. The gather will start at 12 Noon with a minute of silence for the eleven lives lost at the Tree of Life shootings nearly two weeks ago.

The city is being tight-lipped about who may attend and speak. There is speculation one or more high profile guests who have spent time in the city will be there.

Planning for the event comes in wake of the mass shooting Wednesday night at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Twelve people including a sheriff’s sergeant died in addition to the gunman. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich and Police Chief Scott Schubert have sent condolences and offers of help to Ventura County, California.

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“I mean over the past two weeks we’ve lost 23 lives to senseless tragedies. Where is it going to stop,” said Hissrich.

Pittsburgh officials are trying to come up with a plan. Councilman Corey O’Connor is talking about some form of gun control legislation and better background checks for gun purchases. Mayor Bill Peduto’s Chief of Staff Dan Gilman agrees. “We’ve had a conversation with Councilman O’Connor and other members about what the best step is. We want to do it in a unified way,” said Gilman. Potentially with other cities, with other communities, leaders At other levels of government. This isn’t a Pittsburgh issue, this isn’t an Allegheny County issue, this isn’t a Pennsylvania issue. But it’s time that this country start to take a stand.”