Lexington group pushing for the city to do more to stop gun violence
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington has had at least six gun-related homicides this year.
“I get angry, and I think another one, why? When there is a program out there that would stop this violence,” said Sherry Warsh, a board member of the group BUILD.
Warsh and other members of the BUILD group are calling on Mayor Linda Gorton to do more to stop the rise in gun violence. Last year the city set a new record in deadly shootings.
The BUILD group has presented several recommendations to the mayor but members say she has not been receptive.
“She keeps saying she implemented five of those points. They were all data collection and data sharing nothing to touch the violence,” Warsh said.
BUILD wants the mayor to implement group violence intervention strategies that utilize police, social services and churches to reduce crime. Warsh says the strategies target young people already involved in crime.
“It’s reaching out to them to know that we want you to be a contributing member of the community,” Warsh said.
BUILD is hosting a press conference Tuesday outside of City Hall and hopes the mayor will listen to their wishes for the city.
“We want to be right down there where she is, kind of like in your voice in your front door,” Warsh said.
Warsh said BUILD is prepared to keep pressing the mayor to do more to reduce the gun violence.
We reached out to the mayor’s office for comment. They told us the mayor may release a statement on Tuesday.
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