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Politician urges off-duty police to bring guns to church following synagogue shooting

by Eno Adeogun

Eric Adams, a Democratic politician, also encouraged off-duty police officers to follow suit.

The retired cop-turned-politician told attendees of a public press conference on Sunday: "I used to carry my gun all the time when I went to church.

 

"If we have police officers standing in front of churches, then we can't say it's wrong for a police officer who's off duty to be inside churches with a gun.

"If they're leaving those firearms home, I now say to them, 'top leaving your firearm home. Do as I do. Bring your firearm to church'."

 

On Saturday, Robert Gregory Bowers killed eight men and three women inside the Tree of Life Synagogue during worship services before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him.

Authorities say Bowers made statements about genocide and killing Jewish people.

Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP

He is being treated for gunshot wounds and is due in court on Monday.

A chief prosecutor in Pittsburgh has said they are seeking approval for the death penalty against the mass shooting suspect.

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