Kansas City Mayoral Candidates Take On Gun Violence With Range Of Ideas, Solutions

Kansas City Mayoral Candidates Take On Gun Violence With Range Of Ideas, Solutions

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Kansas City mayoral candidates Henry Klein, left, and Quinton Lucas, center, look on as Steve Miller speaks at a gun violence forum Friday, March 8, 2019, in Kansas City. After a year in which 93 percent of its homicides involved guns, Kansas City, Missouri, continues to rank among the most violent cities in the country, So it’s an issue of key concern in this spring’s mayoral primary race. At a forum last week, nine of the city’s 11 mayoral candidates took the opportunity to share their perspectives and solutions. The candidates, who sat side by side inside the sanctuary at Hillside Christian Church, each said they oppose bills in the Missouri Legislature that would remove restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in some public places. The candidates also agreed that gun violence should be treated as a matter of public health, much like an illness or disease. From there, the candidates emphasized different priorities. During the forum, which was sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, they gave opening statements and were asked three questions. Steve Miller: Miller, an attorney who formerly chaired the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, argued that lax Missouri gun laws need reform. And that, he said, requires help from Kansas City’s cross-state rival. “We’re going to put together a three-year legislative agenda in which we take the combined muscle of St. Louis and Kansas City and we focus on those efforts that are most important to urban areas.” Jermaine Reed: Reed, who […]

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