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Nashville mayor calls for ban on assault weapons

Mayor David Briley (WSMV) Mayor David Briley (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Hours following the weekend mass shootings at a Nashville Waffle House that killed four people, Mayor David Briley didn't mince words about the AR-15, used by the accused gunman Travis Reinking, calling them “weapons of war.”

Briley addressed the issue of assault weapons less than 12 hours after the shooting, the second mass shooting in the city in seven months.

“Last night, innocent Nashvillians were terrorized by a man with an AR-15. Let's be honest, some people see these weapons as having a purpose of terrorizing people, it's happening too much, enough, is enough,” said Briley.

Josh Sugarman, The Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center, an advocacy organization working to stop gun deaths based in Washington DC, echoed the mayor's comments.

"We agree with the Mayor of Nashville, these weapons should not be sold in American, not on the streets of our cities, that's why we support federal legislation, that would ban assault weapons," said Sugarman.

The Violence Policy Center says the AR-15, was designed for anti-personnel use.

"What we saw in Tennessee this weekend, we saw in Newtown, and other mass shootings, are that these weapons are being used exactly for that purpose for which they were designed," said Sugarman.

Briley said prayers are important, but so is leadership to protect the citizens of Nashville.

"The victims of the Waffle House shootings deserve leaders who will step up and take action and so something to get these weapons off our street," said Briley.

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