Philadelphia Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney Suggests Only Police Should Have Guns

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 07: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks during the Count Every Vote Rally In Philadelphia at Independence Hall on November 07, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for MoveOn)
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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) reacted to gun violence in his city by suggesting Tuesday morning that only the police should have guns.

FOX News reports that Kenney spoke to reporters after two Philadelphia police officers were wounded by gunshots on July 4.

McKinney reflected on July 4, saying, “It was a chilled back day, beautiful weather. But we live in America where we have the Second Amendment and we have the Supreme Court of the United States telling everybody they can carry a gun wherever they want.”

He noted, “I was in Canada two weeks ago and never thought about a gun. The only people I knew who had guns in Canada were police officers.”

McKinney added, “That’s the way it should be here.”

He observed, “If I had the ability to take care of guns, I would. 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.”

On April 1 Breitbart News explained that concealed carry permit applications in Philadelphia were up 600 percent as law-abiding citizens sought ways to defend themselves amid the city’s gun crime.

On June 18 Breitbart News noted that concealed carry permit applications from women were surging.

CBS Philly pointed out women began flooding into concealed carry classes as crime rose in 2021. As a result, concealed carry permit applications from women outpaced men “51 percent to 49 percent.”

BOCA RATON, FL - OCTOBER 21: Susan Kushlin poses with a concealed-carry handbag that her company, Gun Girls, Inc., created for women that enjoy guns on October 21, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. Her line includes bullet jewelry, handbags, belts and custom logo apparel with some of the items priced at $35 gold-toned bullet belts, $20 dangling gun earrings, $76 pink concealed-carry handbags and $21 rhinestone-studded tank tops. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Susan Kushlin poses October 21, 2013, in Boca Raton, Florida with a concealed-carry handbag that her company, Gun Girls, Inc., created for women. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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