‘Our Officers Need Help’: Philadelphia Mayor Pleads for Gun Control After Shootout Wounds 6 Officers

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney gave an impassioned plea for gun control at a press conference late Wednesday amid an hours-long shootout that left six police officers wounded.

“It was just a riveting, riveting experience,” Kenney said. “But our officers need help. They need help. They need help with gun control.”

Watch the video below, via CBS News:

All six officers were treated for their wounds and released from the hospital by late Wednesday, but Kenney underscored how close the situation was to turning deadly:

“They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands. And then I told you earlier, the two little boys that were — the officer had his head grazed, just a little bit more and those two little boys would grow up without their dad. Because this government, on both the federal and state’s level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals.”

The seven-hour standoff began on Wednesday afternoon after an attempt to serve a drug warrant erupted into gunfire. Two police officers and three civilians were trapped in the home with the gunman throughout the ordeal before being rescued by SWAT officers. The suspect was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Watch the video below, via NBC 10 Philadelphia:

“Our officers deserve to be protected, and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets,” Mayor Kenney added. “So it’s disgusting and we gotta do something about it. We need to do something about it quickly.”

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James
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It’s hard to comprehend that with so many dozens of gun control laws on the books which no one enforces that the Socialists I(Nazi-wannabes) are clamoring for more and more of the same; especially in those Leftist ruined cities with the strictest gun control laws. What’s that old saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome?

GUN control will never work. America needs PEOPLE control.

Marc Soules
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So I guess that the Mayor just learned that criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws. But he wants more? Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. What was it John Adams said? “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

WellHungChad
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I just found out that the shooter is a felon from way back into his teen age years. I guess more gun laws wouldn’t have helped since he wasn’t legally allowed to possess a gun In the first place! Lazy government or lazy law enforcement, or lazy government representatives/senators?
OR, just lazy thinking on the lazy (liberal) “intelligencia”?

Screwtape
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Mayor Kenney should FIRST apply the gun-control laws in the city he was elected to run. Once he has his elected job done, maybe he talk.

As for the “citizens” who protested the police, give them what they want. Remove all police presence from their neighborhood or reduce coverage to the minimum. They asked for it.

WellHungChad
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Is this mayor just covering for his police chief’s incompetent ass, like the Coward County Police chief, Scott Israel after Parkland?

WellHungChad
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So, did that shooter obtain his gun legally, or was this another case where authorities ignored a bazillion warnings like has happened in nearly all of the other recent shootings??

Just follow the f-Ing laws!!!

Screwtape
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So “mayor” Kenney is saying the existing laws don’t work. Why is that?

The officers were serving a drug warrant. Now imagine officers trying to take down a serious gun owner. Even confronting the person(s) outside the home have consequences for innocent bystanders, businesses, etc.

David
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Not a single mention of what kind of gun was used. I guarantee if it was an AR-15 or other “assault” gun we would be hearing all about it.

So, Mr. Mayor, what exactly type of gun control are you promoting?

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Police officers and vehicles are seen after a suspect (not pictured) in an active shooter situation, where Philadelphia police officers were shot during a drug raid on a home, surrendered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Bastiaan Slabbers

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