Bearing arms notes that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was on the verge of making sense, but then………………
Unless, of course, you become mayor of Pittsburgh, in which case you get stuff like this:
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Sunday rejected President Trump’s suggestion that armed guards would have changed the outcome of the deadly attack on a synagogue that left 11 worshipers dead.
“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,” Peduto told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “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.”
Instead, he said gun control laws should be toughened.
“I think the approach we need to be looking at is how we take the guns – which is the common denominator in every mass shooting in America – out of the hands of those that are looking to express hatred through murder,” Peduto said during news conference updating Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
Well, blaming these events on “irrational” people is start down the road to reason. I mean I would not call them irrational. They are evil, psychotic monsters, so irrational does not cover it. The mayor does not think shaping laws reacting to mass shootings is not the way to go, unless those laws involve more gun control. He also employs his own form of irrational thought in saying armed security is not an answer. Of course it is, that is why the rich employ private security, it is why the Secret Service exists, it is why all these mass killings stop when armed police show up. Having armed security is a common sense approach. But, the mayor is anti-gun, so, common sense, to him is “irrational”. He prefers laws that, to be very effective, would have to read the minds of evil people it seems. Sure, if we “knew” who was going to commit such evil acts, we could stop them. But expecting legislation to be able to accomplish that is, again, irrational