Erie County leaders deem uptick in gun violence a public health crisis

Erie County leaders deem uptick in gun violence a public health crisis

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A recent increase in gun violence across Erie County has now risen to the level of a public health crisis as community leaders work to make neighborhoods safer. "So, our mission is to make sure that our youth stop using guns," said Murray Holman, Stop The Violence Coalition chairman. Holman joined community leaders Tuesday outside the Rath Building in Buffalo to call for an end to gun violence and the increasing number of fatal shootings in Erie County. What You Need To Know Gun violence in Erie County has been deemed public health crisis by community leaders Leaders announced the creation of a new task force to tackle the issue Advocates are looking to keep at-risk youth off the streets and help them lead more productive lives Leaders say Erie leads all other counties across the state in violent crimes committed with a firearm. "The gun does not stop in Buffalo," said Holman. "It goes to Hamburg. It goes to Clarence. It goes out to Cheektowaga. It goes all over." "The numbers are clear," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. "We have seen an increase in violence, not just in the recent weeks but over the last year and a half." To help reduce the number, Poloncarz signed an executive order declaring gun violence a public health crisis, as well as creating a task force aimed at working with law enforcement to decrease gun violence among youth, increase programs to reduce violence, reduce the number of […]

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