County Executive David Crowley Statement on Recent Acts of Gun Violence
MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, County Executive David Crowley released the following statement regarding the recent outbreak of gun related violence in Milwaukee County:
“On behalf of all of Milwaukee County, I share a sense of urgency with many in the community regarding gun violence on our streets. Each night over the past few weeks, we’ve gone to sleep mourning victims of shootings and praying that the violence doesn’t hit too close to home. But there is no escaping the impact of the violence, and words cannot describe the immeasurable toll these acts exact on families, neighborhoods, and our community at-large.
“The most recent surge has disproportionately affected our young people. For over a year, our youth have been physically distanced from friends, family members, mentors, teachers, and others who all help contribute to the growth and maturation of young people.
“The surge in violence demands that we respond, immediately, as a community and that we work together to ensure our young people have the guidance they need to navigate this difficult time instead of resorting to violence or destructive behavior as solutions. The types of violence we’ve seen begs for mentorship and guidance that can have a huge impact on people’s lives. We shouldn’t write off any of our young people, they deserve someone to talk to and figure out how they navigate this difficult time in their lives – and figure out where they can go from here to create a fulfilling life in the future.
“Milwaukee County is prepared to step-up, build relationships, and connect with people on our neighborhood blocks. In the spirit of our strategic plan to achieve our vision of equity, we want to intentionally include those who may not feel like they belong to a community or that they have likeminded peers. We want to provide the space for those individuals, and their families, to connect with each other, build community, and step outside of their comfort zones contribute to the work that is needed to get the County on the right track.
“Tomorrow morning at Sherman Park, I’ll join other Milwaukee County officials in launching a new violence prevention program that creates the space for the necessary conversations that can save and change lives.
“I believe this approach can save lives, prevent the violence we’ve seen across the county this year, and make an impact in transforming communities. I ask the community to stay strong at this time and know that Milwaukee County not only recognizes the urgency of the problem, but we also recognize the need for an approach that meets people were they are and finds solutions specifically tailored to their needs.
“The time for action is always now, but it will take all of us working together to protect the lives of Milwaukee County residents, change the life trajectory for many of our young people, and move forward in our mission to create safe and healthy communities in every corner of the county.”
- AG Kaul to U.S. Attorney General Garland: Firearm Regulations Must Include Ghost Guns - Wisconsin Department of Justice - Aug 20th, 2021
- Op Ed: Legal Firearms Used in Many Mass Shootings - O. Ricardo Pimentel - May 26th, 2021
- Bipartisan legislation a positive step forward for gun reform - Mayor Cavalier Johnson - May 17th, 2021
- Bipartisan Bill Bans Guns For Those Convicted of Domestic Violence - Erik Gunn - May 14th, 2021
- Club Midtown isn’t a thing - Mayor Cavalier Johnson - May 5th, 2021
- County Executive David Crowley Statement on Recent Acts of Gun Violence - County Executive David Crowley - May 4th, 2021
- Republicans Continue to Show their True Colors with Upcoming Budget Plans: The Time for Action is Now - State Sen. Melissa Agard - May 3rd, 2021
- Continued gun violence underscores the need for change - Mayor Cavalier Johnson - May 3rd, 2021
- Senator Agard: Statement on Shooting Tragedy at the Oneida Casino Complex - State Sen. Melissa Agard - May 2nd, 2021
- Gov. Evers Releases Statement Regarding Shooting at Oneida Casino Complex - Gov. Tony Evers - May 1st, 2021
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