Mayor calls for action against guns after Westport double shooting

Bill Grady
July 10, 2018 - 4:20 am

KMBC Channel 9 News

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James is expressing his frustration after last weekends shooting in Westport in which two people were injured.

The victims did not suffer life-threatening wounds, and the suspected shooter has been charged. 

Last December's resolution to privatize sidewalks and add security personnel with metal detectors to the area has not been put into action. The mayor would like to see that plan enacted sooner, rather than later.

"I think it'll help, but like anything else, if you don't have any other tools, you use what you got," James said. "I hope it does help, because at the end of the day, it's a small inconvenience for safety, in my opinion."

The real problem, James said, is too many guns. 

"Nobody wants to talk about the issue of guns in these cities," James said. "Until they're ready to deal with it, we're going to continue to have the same problems."

Elected officials lack the will to tackle the firearms issue, so we deal with the aftermath.

Business owners in Westport say they have had trouble getting enough of their colleagues to sign on to the program, which has resulted in delays in implementation. 

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