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Mayor Greg Fischer said those seeking to address gun violence in Louisville and other cities, such as Gov. Matt Bevin, must consider multiple policy levers in order to halt lower the rise of shootings and homicides. Phillip Bailey/CJ
Mayor Greg Fischer said those seeking to address gun violence in Louisville and other cities, such as Gov. Matt Bevin, must consider multiple policy levers in order to halt the rise of shootings and homicides.
“You’ve got to attack challenges like this from as many possible angles as you can,” he said.
Fischer was responding to Bevin’s remarks about escalating gun violence in Louisville and Lexington. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Bevin said he plans to “weigh in” more on the issue in the near future. But Bevin said that further gun restrictions would do little to help curb the violence and that those who believe government can fix the problem are deluding themselves.
“You have a cultural problem, you have a spiritual problem, you have an economic problem. That’s what you have, period,” he told the Herald-Leader.
Asked if he agrees with the governor’s assessment, Fischer said gun violence can’t be solved with an either/or outlook. The mayor said that includes expanding economic opportunities and local gun control powers.
“Certainly gun violence is a public health crisis in this country,” Fischer said. “It’s all over — it’s not just our city — three-quarters of American cities are seeing this major uptick in violent crime that unfortunately we’re seeing in our city as well.”
Louisville surpassed its previous record high of 110 homicides countywide this past week after two were killed and five others were injured during Thanksgiving Day shootings at Shawnee Park. Bevin called the incident “heartbreaking” and said the issue must be addressed.
In June, Fischer called for changes to state law that would allow cities and counties to pass their own gun control measures. He said local governments should have “the right to protect their communities.”
More than three decades ago the state legislature invalidated a Louisville ordinance that required a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.
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