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Gun violence a public health crisis

Kalamazoo County leaders are considering declaring a public health crisis to tackle gun violence.

Gun violence is a growing problem in Kalamazoo County and throughout the country. Locally, reports of shootings have risen to levels not seen in years.

It is in that environment that Kalamazoo County leaders are considering declaring gun violence a public health crisis.

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During its meeting Tuesday night, Kalamazoo County Commissioners discussed a resolution that would free up money to put toward violence reduction efforts. The board is also considering partnering with the City of Kalamazoo and other municipalities in the effort.

“Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the United States. More than 38,000 people are killed and nearly 85,000 people are injured by guns each year,” states the proposed resolution.

Locally, 11 people are killed each year with firearms in Kalamazoo County, though that number is likely to increase after a particularly violent year.

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