THE PAST FOUR YEARS.SO FAR THIS YEAR -- 85PEOPLE HAVE BEENMURDERED.TONIGHT, AS PART OF OURSAFE K-C INTIATIVE TOBRING YOU STORIES OFSOLUTIONS TO CRIME INOUR COMMUNITY --WE HAVE TEAMCOVERAGE ON WHAT'SBEING DONE TO STOP ANDPREVENT THE VIOLENCE.41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER CAT REID --FOUND OUT HOW OURELECTED LEADERS PLANTO TURN TALK INTOACTION.MORE THAN THREEHUNDRED PEOPLE HAVEBEEN SHOT IN KANSASCITY SO FAR THIS YEAR.MISSOURI RANKS SEVENTHIN THE COUNTRY FOR GUNVIOLENCE.AND CITY LEADERS WHOSPOKE TODAY SAY THEBLAME RESTS INJEFFERSON CITY AND OURNATION'S CAPITAL.Rep.
Emanuel Cleaver-are you disgusted?
Butjust being disgusted is notenough!THEY'RE CALLS TO ENDVIOLENCE WE'VE ALLHEARD BEFOREMayor Quinton Lucas-right now our issue needs tobe nothing, nothing moreimportant than fixing violentcrime in our community andfixing gun crime in ourcommunityLEADER AFTER LEADERSPOKE AT A COMMUNITYMEETING WEDNESDAYNIGHT, ORGANIZED BYCONGRESSMAN EMANUELCLEAVER.Cleaver-people feel helpless, theyknow there's a problem andthey can't figure out what todo.
Well we gave them somethings to do tonightNEARLY ALL OF THESOLUTIONS OFFERED-INVOLVE JEFFERSON CITYAND WASHINGTON, D.C.Jean Peters Baker-gun Laws matter.
It's onething, it is one tool, but itdoesmatter.
Because if you look atmissouri, it is not an accidentwe're in this positionMISSOURI HPERMITLESS CONCEALEDCARRY.KANSAS CITY, ST.LOUISAND SPRINGFIELD ARE ALLIN THE TOP 12 FOR THEFBI'S MOST DANGEROUSCITIES.Chief Rick Smith-what does that say about ourpublic policy in the state ofMissouri?BUT CAPITOL HILL DREWMOST OF THE FOCUS.Cleaver-300 million americans, and 1american is holding it upCONGRESSMAN CLEAVERREFERRING THERESENATE MAJORITY LEADERMITCH MCCONNELL-WHO HASN'T BROUGHT TOA VOTE GUN CONTROLMEASURES PASSED BYTHE HOUSE-ONE EXAMPLE IS HR.
8,WHICH WOULD REQUIREBACKGROUND CHECKSFOR EVERY FIREARM SALE.Cleaver-if the senate majority leader isforced to bring to a vote hr 8,then we know this works.
Andif it works, we have to kedoing it until we get as manysensible laws passedthat we need to reduce thenumber of homicidesI ASKED THECONGRESSMAN IF PEOPLENEED TO WAIT FORJEFFERSON CITY AND D.C.TO SEE MEANINGFULCHANGE ON GUNVIOLENCE.HE SAID UNFORTUNATELYTHEY DIF YOU'RE REALLYCONCERNED, YOU HAVE TOGET INVOLVED IN THEPOLITICAL PROCESSLIVE IN KANSAS CITY, CATREID, 41 ACTION NEWS.AS THE CITY DISCUSSEDCHANGES TO FIRSTFRIDAYS FOLLOWING THEDEADLY SHOOTIN