Dayton Mayor: "I would ban assault weapons".


( Dayton, OH ) - Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined hundreds of people at a vigil Sunday night to pray for the victims of the Oregon Entertainment District shooting.

As investigators continue to search for a motive, Whaley says she's doing what she can to help the victims and their families.

The Dayton Foundation has also created a fund to help out the victims families and survivors.

Responding officers confronted the gunman in under 30 seconds Sunday morning, but that's all it took for him to kill 9 people and wound over two dozen others.

The gun used in the act was purchased legally; a .223-caliber high capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines. If Whaley had her way, those types of weapons would not be available to the general public.

When asked by 700WLW's Ken Broo what she would do to fix the country's gun crisis, Whaley said, "I would ban assault weapons."

She said she doesn't think an assault weapons ban would protect everyone, but she said "I just don't know why we need those on our streets."

While addressing the shootings in Dayton and El Paso at the White House Monday, President Trump was also calling for change. He mentioned overhauling the mental healthcare system in America, and the need to stop glorifying violence in video games.

The President also called for tougher background checks, but no mention of any type of weapons ban.