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Providence, Boston Join Regional Effort To Tamp Down On Gun Violence, Trafficking

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Mayors and law enforcement leaders from Rhode Island and Massachusetts gathered in Providence Wednesday for a summit on reducing gun violence. Boston...

Mayors and law enforcement leaders from Rhode Island and Massachusetts gathered in Providence Wednesday for a summit on reducing gun violence. Boston and Providence are taking part in a new effort to combat gun violence.

The new program brings several cities, including the two state capitals, together with non-profit Arms with Ethics, to pilot programs aimed at reducing gun violence.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says working regionally cities, and towns will be better able to crack down on illegal gun trade. 

“The gun trade and the drug trade are very much inter-related, and we’re tracking where the guns are coming from and typically they’re coming from states with looser gun laws,” said Elorza.

In Providence, gun crime has dropped dramatically over the last decade. And Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says shootings in his city are down by half compared to last year. But Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said that’s not enough.

“One single victim is too many, which is why we are looking for solutions, in and out of law enforcement,” said Elorza.

Both mayors said community engagement and collaboration with police are necessary to fight gun violence.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh outside the Zuccolo Rec Center in Providence
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh outside the Zuccolo Rec Center in Providence