Gwen Moore urged U.S Attorney General Eric Holder to partner with Milwaukee political and law enforcement officials to help reduce the increased gun violence ravaging the city, particularly its black community.
“We must put every option on the table to immediately halt this senseless violence that is plaguing our community,” Moore stated in a letter she wrote to Holder.
“Gun violence is a plague that steals the lives of far too many in our community. Each time we lose a life, our hearts break and the violence continues.”
As of June 16th of this year, 30 children have been shot in Milwaukee, 185 total nonfatal shootings have taken place, and 30 homicides have been committed according to data from the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission.” Between May 18th and June 15th, 71 percent of the victims were between 18 and 34 years of age.
“Youth gun violence is particularly troublesome to me,” continued Moore.
“Because it not only snatches away the hopes and dreams of so many of our children, but it also devastates the families, friends, and neighbors who bear witness to our children being killed or taken from us.” Moore believes gun violence snuffs out their potential of so many talented youth who would be great contributors to the city and the country as a whole. “We must put every option on the table to immediately halt this senseless violence that is plaguing our community.” In the past, the Justice Departments Bureau of Justice Assistance has granted emergency funding resources to assist localities facing a significant increase in the incidence of gun violence.
As a result, Moore is asking that the Department do everything in its will and power to assist Milwaukee in its efforts to reduce and stop gun violence.
“We must all work together, on the local, state and federal levels, to thwart these crimes. While common-sense gun violence reduction measures sit in legislative limbo, I am taking additional action now.”
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