MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Madison Mayor Paul Soglin released a statement following Saturday's shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that left at least 11 people dead and six others hurt, including four police officers.
"We do not want to live in a United States where everyone carries firearms and armed guards are at every school, every house of worship, and every street corner," the statement released by Soglin's campaign said.
Soglin's statement said the country should adopt more responsible gun laws and blamed the firearms industry and the National Rifle Association's influence for weakening firearms regulations.
Soglin called the gunman in Pittsburgh and the recent pipe bomber, who mailed packages to numerous Democratic leaders and CNN's headquarters in New York City, as "very disturbed and troubled people."
"Frankly, their political affiliation or political views are not the issue. These are disturbed people who need to validate their existence through violence," Soglin's statement said.
Mayor Soglin also blamed political leaders for motivating those people.
"[Donald] Trump continues to feed these sick people and none of his words of concern or rhetoric about arming houses of worship will undo the violation of the innocent. These people hear the words of Trump and believe he speaks directly to them, authorizing their deranged violence," Soglin said.