Mayor Pete Buttigieg "disappointed" in Senate gun vote

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

A proposal to broaden federal background checks on gun buyers met its end in the Senate on Wednesday. It fell six votes shy of passing.

One proponent of gun control legislation is South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

He claims the measure has the backing of 90 percent of Americans, including gun owners, at least when it comes to background checks.

“It’s disappointing to see politics pull the direction away from where most Americans wanted it to go,” he says.

He says in lieu of a federal bill, South Bend will focus on keeping the city safe with its anti-violence commission.

Buttigieg also commented on floodingnear the former New Energy Ethanol Plant. With the week’s rain, some feared more flooding might occur. However, Buttigieg says the pumps appear to be doing their job, and if they fail, the city has a backup plan in place.

“But it’s not a permanent solution,” he says. “We need to come to a consensus about how much the city is willing to invest for a permanent solution to keep the water out of these peoples’ homes.”

Finally, the mayor commented on the Adopt-a-Block program on the city’s near northwest side, which takes place this Saturday.

“It’s about neighbors taking responsibility for improving the conditions of the neighborhood,” he says.

Neighbors will come together to clean up the neighborhood, spring cleaning the outdoors.

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