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Milwaukee Mayor Barrett talks fight against gun violence amid latest shootings

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett By barrett4wi [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett By barrett4wi [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee's mayor said Monday that officials are fighting gun violence on "every single front."  

Tom Barrett responded to a rash of shootings the past few days, while the city was observing "Cease Fire Week." It included forums and a gun buy back program aimed at getting guns off the streets.

Three people were injured in separate shooting incidents in Milwaukee early Sunday. Two men were killed and another was wounded Sunday afternoon in an apparent shooting spree near a liquor store. Then Sunday night, a man was hurt in another gunfire incident.  

Monday, Mayor Barrett spelled out a number of strategies Milwaukee is using to reduce gun violence. That includes extra police officers, working with the religious community, and supporting changes in state laws.  

Barrett said he was lobbying in his words, "to make sure there is certainty in sentencing, for people who have criminal records who commit crimes with guns."  

Barrett said he visited seven Milwaukee churches Sunday, urging community residents to alert police to where gangs hang out, and where drug deals take place. The mayor said there was no simple solution to the problem.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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