Kalamazoo County commissioners OK resolution declaring gun violence a health crisis

Kalamazoo County commissioners OK resolution declaring gun violence a health crisis

The Kalamazoo Board of Commissioners voted 7-4 in favor of a resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis. (WWMT)

{/p} KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday declaring gun violence to be a public health crisis, joining the cit y of Kalamazoo that passed a similar resolution Monday. County commissioners approved the resolution 7-4 Tuesday night. The vote came after numerous members of the community called in during the meeting, concerned that the resolution would infringe on the Second Amendment. The resolution stated that Kalamazoo County has an average of 11 gun deaths per year, including 21 deaths by gun violence in 2020, the highest number of homicides in the county this century. Under the resolution, the county “shall establish a working relationship with other local municipalities, community partners, and community members to establish an evidence-based public health response to address the underlying social, economic, and systemic factors that promote gun violence.” The resolution stated the county shall also allocate funding from the American Rescue Plane and the county’s general fund for ongoing community violence intervention. According to the agenda report from the city of Kalamazoo , both the city and the county will commit $1 million in stimulus funds for prevention and intervention efforts. Furthermore, the county’s resolution required county administration to give at least two updates each year to the board of commissioners on progress.

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