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How Could Mayor’s New Commission to End Gun Violence Be Most Effective?

The Mayor’s Commission to End Gun Violence will focus on research and recommend solutions at the local level. Our guests lay out what needs to happen to make this group effective.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, center, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, far right, join demonstrators during a “March for Our Lives” protest Saturday, March 24, 2018 Photo: David J. Phillip, AP.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s creating a new group to look at ways to end gun violence. State and federal lawmakers have made similar efforts in recent months. According to the Mayor’s office, Mayor Turner will announce his appointees and more details about the How Could Mayor’s New Commission to End Gun Violence Be Most Effective?’s goals in the coming weeks. How can Houston make such a group as effective as possible?

We talk with criminal justice expert Bill Wells with Sam Houston State University and psychology professor Dr. Kristin Anderson with the University of Houston-Downtown on what could be done at the local level, as well as potential limitations for such a group. 

 

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