Peduto joins 50 mayors grappling with gun violence

Peduto joins 50 mayors grappling with gun violence

Gun Rights

Toledo, Ohio — U.S. mayors frustrated by a lack of action in their state and federal governments are taking the lead in the fight against gun violence, and many convened in Toledo on Wednesday to talk strategy. Among them was Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, fresh from signing controversial gun-control legislation, and months into a bid to rally other mayors to his gun-control cause. “We as mayors are deeply frustrated that we are the only country in the civilized world that has this level of gun violence, and it’s getting worse,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said. He spoke at a news conference during a break in the day-long conference, which drew more than 50 mayors, law enforcement leaders, and policy officials to discuss topics from gun-purchasing restrictions to gun violence prevention technology. “There is some symbolism in having this conversation in the middle of America, in a place like Ohio, because it indicates that the problems that the mayors and police chiefs standing behind me face are problems that we all face,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said. The event itself was kept closed to the public and to the press, a decision Mr. Cranley said was to ensure that mayors and law enforcement leaders could talk freely and find common ground before presenting a united position. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto led a morning discussion about reducing gun violence through municipal gun safety measures. Mr. Peduto’s appearance in Toledo followed by just one day his signing of bills that will ban […]

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