Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has launched an advisory council to focus on gun violence. The 11-member group will meet at least four times a year, and deliver annual recommendations to the city.
The advisory council is made up of representatives from non-profits including the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence, and the local chapter of the NAACP, as well as members of the city administration.
Elorza said the council will look into policy changes and community solutions to gun violence.
“Gun crimes and illegal guns can never be tolerated, and as mayor, and as someone who – frankly – cares about these issues at a personal level, the only response is one that takes a look at all the possible tools to address this issue,” said Elorza.
He said he also wants suggestions for how to steer young people away from violence.
“In essence we have to build structures, firm foundations in place, to give opportunities to our young people, so that they’re choosing healthy career paths and not one of violence,” said Elorza.
Gun violence has gone down overall in Providence over the last few years, but Elorza said he still considers it an important problem for the city to confront. But as a Providence native, he said he is keenly aware of the personal toll that any gun violence can take on the community.
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