Mayor Nutter Calls For Strengthened Gun Laws in Wake of Colorado Movie Theater Shooting
After a shooting that took place early this morning in Aurora, Colo., in which a gunman killed 12 people in a movie theater, Mayor Nutter has released a statement calling for stronger gun laws.
“My most heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible act of violence,” begins the statement, which was sent out to media earlier this afternoon. “My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Aurora, and all of Colorado, as they attempt to understand and cope with this horrific act.”
According to reports, alleged shooting suspect James Holmes showed up about 10 minutes into a showing of the Dark Knight Rises and opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and injuring at least 50. He was described as having “a rifle, a handgun and a gas mask when police arrested him.” Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have taken the day off from publicly campaigning and spoke about the tragedies.
And while both candidates have seemingly left their own views on gun laws out of their public statements, Mayor Nutter did not. He continued: “While the attention of the American people is focused on Aurora and the irrational acts of an armed assailant, I am appalled by the pervasive problem of gun violence in our malls and parks and on the streets of our cities and towns. This truly sad moment should be an occasion to strengthen gun-safety laws, to call for national reform and to better ensure the safety of the public.”
Nutter is not alone in exploiting the situation with regard to politics. CNN talking head Piers Morgan took to Twitter, calling for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy. New York City Mayor Bloomberg, noted during a radio interview, “Maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’”
Similarly, conservative news website Breitbart has been running with a headline noting Holmes “may be” a registered Democrat. Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert ridiculously noted the tragedy is the result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs,” for some reason.
Nutter is no stranger to pushing firearms legislation. A member of Mayors Against Illegal Gun, his crackdown on local lost/stolen guns has come under fire by pro-gun enthusiasts in Harrisburg. Nutter has based much of his second term on anti-violence initiatives, including a youth curfew which was a point of controversy last fall. Philadelphia’s murder rate, as the Daily News recently noted, has spiked 23 percent this year.