Rep. Metcalfe again calls for Pittsburgh mayor's impeachment

August 7, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-12th, has again called for the impeachment of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto following a weekend that saw two mass shootings.

After shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, Peduto doubled down on calls for action at the state and federal levels for “common sense” gun legislation. The topic has been a focus for Peduto following the Tree of Life synagogue shooting last fall in Squirrel Hill. In April, he signed bills enforcing firearms legislation into law.

Those efforts drew the ire of Metcalfe, who in May outlined a resolution to impeach Peduto over the legislation. He said Peduto was “grossly” abusing the law, and had no respect for the Constitution.

On Tuesday, Metcalfe released a statement again outlining the Constitutional right to bear arms, and criticizing Peduto's actions.

“Rather than applauding Mayor Peduto for imposing his blatantly illegal, unconstitutional and extreme red flag gun control ordinances, my impeachment resolution seeks to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens and their Constitution by removing him from office,” the statement reads.

Peduto and his “allies” are “callous, gun-grabbing liberals” who have exploited recent events to “criminalize God-given, constitutionally affirmed rights of law-abiding firearm owners,” Metcalfe said.

On Wednesday, Timothy McNulty, a spokesman for Peduto, said the mayor is proud that he and six members of Pittsburgh City Council have supported common-sense safety legislation.

“He's calling Representative Metcalfe and others in the legislature to have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby as well,” McNulty said. “It's time for lawmakers to take real action to protect the citizens they serve, and not play politics.”

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.