Assault Weapon Violence Hearing In Homewood


LATER. AROUND 6:15. POLICE BELIEVE THE MOTIVE WAS ROBBERY, DETECTIVES ARE REVIEWING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD. SEVERAL LAWMAKERS WERE IN HOMEWOOD THIS MORNING TO HOLD A HEARING ON ESCALATING GUN VIOLENCE, PARTICULARLY RELATED TO ASSAULT STYLE WEAPONS. SOME OF THE TESTIMONY WAS VERY TECHNICAL BUT OTHER MESSAGES WERE QUITE EMOTIONAL. WE LIVE WITH THIS DAILY. NOT JUST MY FAMILY, BUT ALL OF US IN THIS WORLD. YOU KNOW, AND IN OUR DISTRICTS, LIVE WITH THE VIOLENCE THAT’S BEEN GOING ON. STOMACH DEVERS SON JAMES WAS KILLED BY BULLETS FIRED FROM AN AK-47. SHE WAS ONE OF 10 PEOPLE THAT TESTIFIED AT A POLICY COMMITTEE HEARING. THE ENERGY OF AN AR 15 IS USUALLY 10 TIMES THAT OF A STANDARD RIFLE. WHEN YOU HEAR DR. CARL WILLIAMS TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SEMI AUTOMATIC HITS THE BODY, I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT NOT ONLY ON THE PERSON BUT ON THEIR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. DR. WILLIAMS WAS ONE OF THREE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO TESTIFY. THE GUN SHOT INJURIES WE’VE SEEN, I’M SEEING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IS RELATED TO THE CHANGE IN WEAPONS PEOPLE ARE USING. THIS IS NOT ABOUT TAKING AWAY WEAPONS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO HUNTING OR THOSE WHO WILL ARM THEMSELVES. INSTEAD IT’S ABOUT A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WANT THE CONVERSATION TO CONTINUE IN

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