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Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley Calls For Gun Control Following Church Shooting

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Charleston, South Carolina, mayor Joseph Riley called for gun control in the wake of the massacre at Emanuel AME church on Wednesday.

“It is insane: the number of guns, and the ease of guns in America. It just doesn't fit with the other achievements of this country,” Riley, a Democrat, said to CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. “It's a small -- really small group, well-funded -- that keeps this issue from being appropriately addressed. It's not that people shouldn't own guns, it's that there's just so many and the ease of getting them and that there's no accountability."

Riley, who was elected Mayor in 1975, did say that any action on gun control should not happen until after the funerals of the nine individuals murdered on Wednesday. Gun control advocates, he said, should “reasonably and respectfully let those funerals happen."

“The country is just having a very difficult time dealing with the proliferation of guns and we have to use this most recent tragedy to keep us working on that,” Riley said. 

Several prominent Democrats, including President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, have also called for action to be taken on gun control in the days since the Charleston shooting. 

Sources: Huffington Post, New York Daily News

Photo Credit:, CNN Screenshot


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