Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Rendell promises to keep up gun control fight

by Damon Boughamer
Public Radio Capitol News, serving Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Penna. (PRCN, 22 May 2007) - Mayors from all corners of the state joined Governor Rendell at the Capitol Tuesday to push for greater flexibility in gun control.

They want local control over gun laws and "one-handgun-a-month" purchasing restrictions.

Governor Rendell said these are sensible and reasonable proposals but noted they have been blocked repeatedly.

"You know, there's no secret that gun legislation is an uphill fight in Pennsylvania. It's an uphill fight because this legislature, for toolong, has been in control of the NRA," Rendell said.

Philadelphia Mayor John Street said gun crimes are costing lives - and they're also costing dollars his city doesn't have.

"In the 21st century, as we compete in the global economy, we don't have the resources to just keep investing in the problems of crime and violence," Street said.

But Rendell said it's not just a Philadelphia and Pittsburgh problem.

He predicted that rising gun violence in cities across the state will result, eventually, in a "tidal wave" of support for gun control legislation.


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