27 Dec 2012 10:04 AM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (Image Source: Michael Nutter)
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter became the latest politician to speak out against the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in every American school to dissuade incidents such as the horrific shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his Mayors Against Illegal Guns initiative.
Nutter, a staunch advocate of gun control, called the idea proposed by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre a “dumb-ass idea.”
Nutter, a Democrat, was speaking about a gunman who shot and killed two firefighters in Webster, N.Y., Monday after they arrived at a house fire.
“We need to ban assault weapons. We need to ban the high-capacity clips and magazines. We need serious background information system upgrade," the Democrat said Wednesday.
“I guess out of last week’s bizarre press statement—it wasn’t a press conference—I guess that Mr. [Wayne] LaPierre would say that firefighters need to have armed guards go with them. I think it just shows that that was a completely dumb-ass idea from the start,” he then told MSNBC. “The American public has really had enough and that we’re not going to allow what has happened in the past to go on.”
“People need to demand a plan, and cities all across America certainly need to join this fight,” he said.