Sen. Bill Nelson Talks Gun Violence, Poverty In Liberty City

Sen. Bill Nelson Talks Gun Violence, Poverty In Liberty City

View Slideshow 1 of 2 U.S. Senator Bill Nelson discussed gun violence in Liberty City on Friday with city activists and elected officials. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida toured the Liberty Square public housing complex with local politicians Friday before meeting with more than a dozen Liberty City activists—some of whom have lost relatives to shootings. They talked about ways to reduce gun violence in the area that has long been a hotbed for violence and poverty, as well as about housing and other opportunities for residents. The Democratic senator said Congress does not have the votes to pass stricter gun control laws. However, there are still some measures that both Democrats and Republicans can potentially support, he said. "Ban the long clips for a pistol or an assault rifle," Nelson said. "Another practical thing is to do a comprehensive, universal background check in the acquisition or the purchase of a gun." Community activists at the meeting agreed with the need to reduce the availability of guns. But they said poverty and poor living conditions throughout Liberty City are the root cause of the violence. City officials must provide people in the area with more job and education opportunities, they said. "[People] have no way out," said Leatha Bush, the vice president of the group Families Affected By Violence. "They’ve got to fight to stay alive. No clothing, food. You ain’t got nowhere else to turn." Miami-Dade County is in the process of replacing the sprawling, old public […]

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