NEW ORLEANS — Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day:
"In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, I stand with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and all others working to end gun violence in this country. Everyday, nearly 93 American lives are cut short by gun violence. It remains my top priority to keep families in New Orleans safe. The New Orleans Police Department, NOLA for Life, and so many community partners like the Peace Keepers, Urban League of Louisiana and Total Community Action partner with us on this important work every day. In partnership with the City Council, we passed laws to decrease the number of illegal guns on our streets, and recently unveiled a $40 million public safety improvement package. However, despite our robust investments and efforts, there are still too many families impacted by gun violence in our city. I pledge to continue doing all I can to end the epidemic of gun violence that is taking away lives and clouding the richness of our city."
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