Kalamazoo passes resolution to declare gun violence a public health crisis

Kalamazoo passes resolution to declare gun violence a public health crisis

Kalamazoo City Hall lights up at night in honor of Premenstrual Dysphoria Disorder Awareness Month on Monday, April 19, 2021. (WWMT/International Association for Premenstrual Disorders) KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo City Commission adopted a resolution declaring that gun violence is a public health crisis and putting $1 million toward initiatives to stop it. During a meeting Monday evening, city commissioners unanimously approved the resolution. “This is one of the hardest and saddest issues, and for me, it’s personal since 1999 and the murder-suicide that happened at Kalamazoo College took Maggie Wardle’s life,” said Commissioner Jeanne Hess. “It’s been very personal, so I want to do what I can to educate this community.” The resolution stated that gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the United States, with more than 38,000 people killed and nearly 85,000 people hurt by firearms each year. The resolution also noted that Kalamazoo County had 21 deaths from gun violence in 2020, the highest amount of homicides in the county this century. As of the writing of the resolution, there had been 18 gun-related deaths in Kalamazoo County so far in 2021, including the shooting deaths of a 9-year-old boy , a 16-year-old girl , and Kalamazoo County Sgt. Ryan Proxmire . The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety stated in its weekly report that as of Sept. 19, there had been 286 assaults with firearms within the city so far in 2021 , a 10% increase over the same timeframe the year […]

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