Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayor, Jim Kenney, suggested that the Second Amendment and the United States Supreme Court have the wrong take on gun rights.
According to a report by Fox News, the mayor believes that the second amendment means that firearms are only meant to be kept by law enforcement officers.
Kenney made his comments following the shooting of two police officers at a Fourth of July event on Monday evening. The comments were made outside the hospital where the two officers were being treated for gunshot wounds.
According to Kenney, only law enforcement personnel should be permitted to own firearms. He also stated that he is looking forward to retiring so that he will no longer have to deal with gun violence.
“I’m concerned every single day,” the mayor said just after midnight Tuesday morning, alongside Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “I’ll be happy when I’m not the mayor,” he added.
The mayor claimed that during a recent trip to Canada, he made the observation that he never once considered gun violence: “I was in Canada two weeks ago and never thought about a gun,” he said. “The only people I knew who had guns in Canada were police officers.”
“That’s the way it should be here,” Kenney stated, before saying such an idea was “never going to happen” in his lifetime. The Democrat mayor said that his community was plagued by gun crime and that he frequently worries about shootings at public gatherings.
“There’s a lot of goofballs out there with guns and they can get them anytime they want, so this is what we have to live with.”
The Democratic mayor referred to gun violence as a plague plaguing his city and said he frequently worries that shootings might take place at important gatherings: “If I had the ability to take care of guns, I would,” he said. “But the legislature won’t let us. Congress won’t let us. The governor does the best he can [and] the attorney general does the best he can, but this is a gun country.”
“It’s crazy,” Kenney added. “We’re the most armed country in world history and we’re one of the least safest (sic). Until Americans decide that they want to give up the guns and give up the opportunity to get guns, we’re going to have this problem,” he told reporters.