Once again, Mayor Peduto was put in his place, this time by a Common Pleas judge who ruled he and his allies on City Council violated the Commonwealth’s constitution by passing their own gun laws. It is high time that we as American citizens stop this soft tyranny no matter which form it comes in.
The worst of all ordinances is a preemption law. This usurps the rights of all citizens to due process before a punishment is administered. The issue with gun violence lies with the criminal, not the law-abiding citizens. We need to reform the HIPAA and mental health laws to allow easier flow of information from doctors and family to the authorities if someone poses a danger to society. There are two main reasons these mass shootings happen — mostly from mental illness and hate. When we address these issues, we can reduce gun violence.
The mayor and his allies have a political agenda and nothing is going to stand in their way. I applaud Judge James and his opinion. I feel confident the appellate courts will agree. Until then, the mayor may wish to use the legal channels to change the Commonwealth’s constitution.
Andrew Neft | Upper St. Clair