(Video Credit: NBC10 Philadelphia)
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney may see the conservative writing on the wall as his Second Amendment-hating leadership has led to skyrocketing crime in his city, culminating in the shooting of two police officers at a Fourth of July celebration.
Kenney vented in front of the press that he is actually looking forward to no longer being mayor. His term ends on Jan. 1, 2024, and many want him recalled before that for incompetence.
The reluctant leftist mayor took the opportunity at a press conference over the shooting of the officers to rail about the availability of guns in the U.S. on Tuesday morning. Both officers were grazed in the shootings as people stampeded for cover in the chaos.
“We have to come to grips with what this country is about right now. We had a beautiful day out there today except for some nitwit either shooting from a window or shooting from somewhere who has a gun who probably shouldn’t have had it,” he commented.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney just said he can’t wait to leave his city because of all the violence.
So why doesn’t he resign now and let someone takeover who’ll actually fight crime?
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) July 5, 2022
“It was a laid-back, chill day,” Kenney remarked. “Weather was beautiful. Concert was beautiful. But we live in America. And 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. It’s like Dodge City.”
“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. We are the most armed country in world history and we are one of the least safe. So until Americans decide that they want to give up the guns and give up the opportunity to get guns we are going to have this problem,” the mayor proclaimed.
Two cops were shot last nite on Philadelphia streets, but thankfully they survived.
Philly Mayor, Democrat Jim Kenney, places blame for the shooting on the 2nd Amendment but not on the savages who shot the cops.
You are a disgrace to all Irish-Americans, Mayor Kenney
— Charlie T (@Charlie1691) July 5, 2022
“There’s not an event, or a day, where I don’t lay on my back, and look at the ceiling, and worry about stuff,” he whined. “So everything we have in the city over the last seven years, I worry about. I don’t enjoy Fourth of July, I don’t enjoy the Democratic National Convention. I didn’t enjoy the NFL Draft. I’m waiting for something bad to happen all the time.”
“I’ll be happy when I’m not here, when I’m not mayor, and I can enjoy some stuff,” Kenney said to the citizens of the City of Brotherly Love.
“You’re looking forward to not being mayor?” the stunned reporter asked the mayor.
“Yeah, as a matter of fact,” Kenney, who is term-limited from seeking reelection, replied.
I know you’d probably had a couple but pull it together for the cameras. Or just resign, obvious your heart’s not in to it anymore.
— Snake Smith (@snakealicious75) July 5, 2022
Earlier, Kenney opined that the U.S. should be more like Canada when it comes to guns.
“The only people I knew who had guns in Canada were police officers and that is the way it should be here. But look, in my lifetime, it is never going to happen. 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,” Kenney said, according to 6 ABC.
The mayor tweeted, “We will continue to do everything we can to combat our city’s gun violence-including taking a record number of guns off the streets-but we are fighting an uphill battle. We are pleading with lawmakers to help us stop the flow of guns into our city.”
“Our traditions cannot and will not be ruined by the scourge of gun violence,” he went on to state on social media. “I love this city, and as mayor, there’s nothing more I want than to help solve this problem and keep our residents and visitors safe.”
Our traditions cannot and will not be ruined by the scourge of gun violence. I love this city, and as Mayor, there’s nothing more I want than to help solve this problem and keep our residents and visitors safe.
— Jim #VaxUpPhilly Kenney (@PhillyMayor) July 5, 2022
One commenter bluntly expressed the feelings of many, “He’s felt this way for a while and has made it known to colleagues, associates and even the press on occasion (to say nothing about his chronic absenteeism), but to react like this to a shooting at a parade of thousands of people is beyond reprehensible… f*ck Jim Kenney.”
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was also at the press conference. She commented that the circumstances surrounding the shooting of the two officers remain unknown.
“We’re all just extremely grateful that this wasn’t worse than what it was,” Outlaw stated according to 6 ABC.
“There’s a lot going on in the country. There’s a lot going on in the world. Obviously, Philadelphia is no stranger to gun violence. Is it a slap in the face when those of us out here charged with protecting and serving and ensuring that those coming here from all over to celebrate the Fourth of July in a safe and efficient way – is it a slap in the face? Yeah, it is.” she said. “But it doesn’t stop us from doing what we’re doing.”
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