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Pittsburgh Mayor to Trump: No Way

Bill Peduto resists the idea that houses of worship need armed guards
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2018 12:30 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks with members of the media during a news conference in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – President Trump's answer to the mass murder Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue: They needed armed guards. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's response: Not so fast. "I don't think that the answer to this problem is solved by having our synagogues, mosques and churches filled with armed guards or our schools filled with armed guards," he said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, NBC News reports. "I think we're dealing with an irrational person who acted irrationally. And trying to create laws around that is not the way that we should govern." The mayor didn't speak up for gun-law reform but noted he's in a bipartisan group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns. For more around the Sunday dial:

  • Divide and console: "And, honestly, I think this president’s whole modus operandi is to divide us," said Rep. Adam Schiff on CNN's State of the Union, per the Hill. "...And it’s not enough that on the day of a tragedy he says the right words, if, every day of the year, he’s saying things to bring us into conflict with each other."

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