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Nutter: We Need Stronger Gun Laws

Philly's mayor reacts to the Colorado movie theater shooting by sending condolences calling for gun law reform

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    Mayor Michael Nutter is calling for stronger gun laws.

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter expressed condolences Friday to the families of the victims of the mass movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. that left at least 12 people dead and dozens injured. He also called for gun safety reform in the wake of the mass shooting.

    The mayor released the following statement early Friday afternoon:

    “My most heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible act of violence. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Aurora, and all of Colorado, as they attempt to understand and cope with this horrific act. The loss of twelve innocent lives and the pain that the other victims will carry is both devastating and unacceptable.

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    People in our area are struggling to wrap their heads around the tragedy that occurred in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater early Friday morning.

    The mayor says this incident serves as another example why stronger national gun laws are needed to curb the problem of gun violence as a whole.

    “While the attention of the American people is focused on Aurora and the irrational acts of an armed assailant, I am appalled by the pervasive problem of gun violence in our malls and parks and on the streets of our cities and towns. This truly sad moment should be an occasion to strengthen gun safety laws, to call for national reform and to better ensure the safety of the public.”

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