In Wake of Synagogue Shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Calls for Gun Control

October 29, 2018 AT 11:00 AM

By Ben Kamisar

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Sunday that he disagrees with President Donald Trump's call for more armed guards at places of worship in order to prevent shootings like the one that claimed the lives of 11 congregants at a synagogue in the city on Saturday.

Instead, Peduto told NBC's "Meet the Press," he believes that gun-control measures would go further to help stop these shootings.

"I belong to an organization, a bipartisan organization, called Mayors Against Illegal Guns," Peduto said.

"I don't think that the answer to this problem is solved by having our synagogues, mosques and churches filled with armed guards or schools filled with armed guards."

He added: "We should try to stop irrational behavior from happening at the forefront. And not try to create laws around irrational behavior to continue."

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