New committee takes multi-pronged approach at tackling gun violence [phillytrib.com]

By all accounts, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson enjoys his job. But there is one aspect of it that he would love to be able to eliminate.

“At least three times a month I have to speak at a funeral, console a mom of some young man who was murdered in the streets for some violence on social media or some disrespectful comment made to another young man,” he said. “I’m tired of that.”

In yet another effort to quell the gun violence that plagues Philadelphia, Johnson, City Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, and former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Darrell G. O’Connor were introduced at the 17th Police District as co-chairs of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. 

The focus of the committee, which was introduced by Johnson and authorized by City Council last month, is to create a clearly defined cross-sector approach to reducing gun violence. Other committee members are Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Bennie Price, Deputy Chief, Juvenile Probation and Parole Department, and first Deputy Police Commissioner Myron Patterson.

The commission consists of six subcommittees. They are: Illegal Guns, Public Health/Trauma Informed, Social Services/Opportunity, Intervention/Outreach, Program Review Team, and Victim Advocates.

To read the full article by John N. Mitchell, click here.

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