Pittsburgh pushes strict gun laws after the synagogue massacre. Some people still don’t want them.

Pittsburgh pushes strict gun laws after the synagogue massacre. Some people still don’t want them.

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A memorial of flowers and stars line the sidewalk outside Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 28 in remembrance of 11 people killed when a shooter opened fire during services. (Gene J. Puskar/AP) How does a city mourn when the debris of national tragedy begins to settle? “There is no one word,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who survived the October attack at Pittsburgh’s oldest synagogue. The pain still smolders, and communities have not yet come to grips with what happened, he said. While Myers has focused on the harms of hate speech, which he calls the “root” problem, elected officials have drafted gun-control legislation. “Unfortunately, tragedies provide a window of opportunity,” Carolyn Ban, co-founder of an anti-gun violence group and a former dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, said in an interview with The Washington Post. Several City Council members have sponsored five gun-restriction bills since the shooting at Tree of Life . But lawmakers from the site of the deadliest attack on Jews in the history of the United States are facing obstacles that may prove insurmountable. Local opponents of the gun measures are calling for Mayor Bill Peduto’s (D) impeachment and demanding the district attorney bring criminal charges against top Pittsburgh officials, citing state law that prohibits municipal regulation of firearms. Ban anticipates a legal battle over the legislation. “This is the first time I have seen serious legislation being proposed at all three levels of government. To […]

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