Prosecutors From Across the Country Form “Anti Gun Violence Coalition”

September 19 2014
by GSL Staff
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Prosecutors across the nation have formed a coalition which they say is meant to reduce “gun violence”.

The prosecutors from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Houston and Milwaukee will join together to cut down on gang violence using guns, domestic violence involving firearms and the mentally ill accessing firearms.

According to a press release put out by the group today,

In a groundbreaking effort to combat gun violence, 23 prosecutors representing major jurisdictions throughout the United States today announced the formation of PROSECUTORS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. PAGV, an independent, non-partisan coalition founded and co-chaired by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, will identify and promote prosecutorial and policy solutions to the national public health and safety crisis of gun violence.

PAGV also announced that it will convene the first-ever national prosecutorial summit on gun violence prevention in Atlanta on October 21st and 22nd, focusing on best prosecutorial practices, gang violence reduction, illegal weapons trafficking, the nexus between domestic violence and gun violence, the link between mental health issues and gun violence, and other initiatives. PAGV will announce additional summit details shortly.

“For prosecutors, gun violence is not a partisan issue,” said District Attorney Vance. “It’s a public health and safety crisis that claims lives and destabilizes communities in every jurisdiction in America. By coming together to share intelligence and advocate for pragmatic, non-partisan solutions, law enforcement officials can achieve lasting progress on gun violence.”

“Together, prosecutors across our nation can make a major impact on the gun violence afflicting our communities,” said City Attorney Feuer. “Our members will draw from our colleagues’ most effective strategies and join forces to advance policies that can save lives. Prosecutors have expertise and credibility that are hard to dismiss.”

The growing coalition includes prosecutors from Atlanta, Boston, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Queens, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle and Staten Island.’

While reducing violent crime is almost certainly the goal of every prosecutor in this country, why do I get the feeling that a new coalition, announced yesterday, to combat “gun violence” is more about gun control and less about crime prevention?

Is it because this idea sounds a lot like Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns? Or is it because most of the prosecutors involved are from more liberal cities?

Maybe a little more research into why this coalition was formed and who is behind it is in order…

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