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Town hall on gun violence features non-violence groups

"Obviously we had a fairly rough summer"

November 20, 2018 - 9:07 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The heat of the summer is only a distant memory, but the pain and anguish of a disturbing and deadly uptick in gun violence in Buffalo is still on the minds of many.  The issue of gun violence and what to do about it was the subject of a town hall meeting Tuesday evening orchestrated by Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

The session at New Mt. Ararat Baptist Church on Jefferson Avenue was an open dialogue between law enforcement, public officials, members of anti-violence groups and members of the community.

"Obviously we had a fairly rough summer....in the city of Buffalo", said DA Flynn as he talked about why he felt compelled to call for and participate in the town hall discussion.  Flynn points out that over the course of his two years in the DA's office, he has met with numerous anti-violence groups about their concerns and suggestions on what can be done to help curb gun violence.  "I thought it would be a good idea if we could invite everyone to come together and have everyone under the same roof", the DA stated.  In all, eighteeen organizations participate in the meeting that featured the DA and Mayor Byron Brown.

Flynn says he has five items he hopes will result from the town hall meeting:

  • Improved communication
  • Identify issues that need immediate attention
  • What the DA's office can do better to help deal with the issue
  • How to improve crime reporting and community policing
  • Building trust


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