‘We will not be disarmed’ citizens say as Kalamazoo County declares gun violence a public health crisis

‘We will not be disarmed’ citizens say as Kalamazoo County declares gun violence a public health crisis

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety investigate a shooting in the 500 block of Florence Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, August 2, 2021. While on scene officers learned a 28-year-old man arrived at Bronson Methodist Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com) Joel Bissell | MLive.com KALAMAZOO, MI — Despite some calls urging them not to, the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners in a 7-4 vote along party lines approved a resolution to declare gun violence a public health crisis. The county board passed the resolution Tuesday, Sept. 21, that said it was in the best interests of the residents for the commission to support the existing collaborations “to establish an evidence-based public health response to address the underlying social, economic, and systemic factors that promote gun violence.” Some additional actions cited include: Allocating $1 million from federal stimulus funds for ongoing community violence intervention through allocations from stimulus funds to ensure the sustainability of such intervention programs. Directing the county administration to give, at minimum, a bi-annual progress reports to the board on the work performed under the resolution. The county board joins the Kalamazoo City Commission in taking a similar action. The city of Kalamazoo designated $1 million to the cause with a vote of the commission on Sept. 20. Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Chair Tracy Hall called it a historic partnership. Democrats Hall, Montez Morales, Mike Quinn, Tami Rey, Jen Strebs, Fran Bruder Melgar, and Veronica McKissack voted in favor of […]

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