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Community Advocates Discuss Solutions To Gun Violence Surges Across The Country

Carlos Moreno / KCUR
Several speakers and protesters called out Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas during the press conference held on the steps of the Kansas City Police Headquarters in July.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with community advocates about the surge of gun violence across the US. Since the protests in Portland, the Trump administration has threatened to send federal agents to cities like Chicago and Kansas City to “quell” the violence.

Some community leaders and activists say federal agents and more policing are the answer. Others say we need real solutions like stricter gun laws, more resources in neglected neighborhoods, mental health support in schools, jobs programs, and more. 

Kendra Van de Water, co-founder of YEAH Philly, the Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout

Rosilyn Temple, founder and executive director of Kansas City Mothers in Charge

Web Resources: 

USA Today, Kristine Phillips: Federal agents, officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands

TIME, Josiah Bates: 'We Should Have a Handle on This by Now.' As Inner-City Neighborhoods See a Surge in Gun Violence, These Are the Changes Community Leaders Say They Need

KCUR, Lisa Rodriguez: As Operation LeGend Gains International Attention, Civil Rights Groups Call On Kansas City Mayor To Reject Federal Agents

Chicago Sun-Times, Manny Ramos: My Block, My Hood, My City founder speaks on police brutality, gun violence