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:
Philadelphia Mayor: “Our officers need help. They need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands.” https://t.co/0Z5DJDEsnH pic.twitter.com/ZskSqrKYLf
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2019
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:
"They don't deserve to be shot at by a guy for four hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets. It's disgusting and we've got to do something about it." — @PhillyMayor Jim Kenney says of police shooting.
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— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) August 15, 2019
“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.”