Gun-rights advocate asks why Tree of Life Synagogue not held responsible for security after mass shooting: report

Gun-rights advocate asks why Tree of Life Synagogue not held responsible for security after mass shooting: report

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In the wake of the October shooting that killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh City Council has been mulling legislation to ban certain weapons in the city limits. Gun-rights advocates have been speaking out against this proposal, and at a meeting Tuesday, one asked why the synagogue is not being held responsible for a lack of security. (File.) As Pittsburgh City Council weighs a proposed gun ordinance banning some weapons in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, a gun-rights advocate asked why the synagogue is not being held responsible for a lack of security. Th comments were made by Kim Stolfer of the group Firearms Owners Against Crime at a city council meeting Tuesday night, WTAE is reporting. According to WTAE, at the post-agenda meeting on the proposed gun ordinance, Stolfer said: “Where was the citizens there? How many veterans were in that synagogue at the time that were disarmed by the synagogue’s policies on no guns? Why are we not holding the synagogue responsible for not having security?” Eleven people were killed in shooting last fall. Stolfer’s comments were quickly rebuffed by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, who said, “it’s almost blaming the victims for not having their own protection, and I was really offended by that,” WTAE reports. This meeting came the day after truck driver Robert Bowers, the man charged in the massacre, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in federal court. Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, is accused of targeting worshippers […]

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