The Democratic mayor of Philadelphia blasted the “availability and ease of access to firearms” Sunday hours after gunfire that erupted in a busy entertainment district left three dead and 11 others wounded.
At the time Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued his statement just past 10 a.m. Sunday, no arrests had been announced since police investigators say several shooters opened fire into a large crowd as hundreds of people were out on South Street in downtown Philadelphia just before midnight Saturday.
The Democrat, reacting to “lives senselessly lost and those injured in yet another horrendous, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” said: “We cannot accept continued violence as a way of life in our country.”
“Until we address the availability and ease of access to firearms, we will always be fighting an uphill battle,” Kenney said. “As Mayor, I will continue to fight to protect our communities and urge others to advocate for stronger laws that keep guns out of the hands of violent individuals.”