Following a violent weekend in Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson held a press conference on Monday to address the five deaths, three of which were teens. The city’s democratic mayor said the “availability of guns” has played a key role in the recent rash of shootings across the city.
“I will tell you that from our point of view, mine in particular, that it is about the availability of guns,” Jackson said.
The shootings in Cleveland over the weekend occurred over three separate incidents, leaving five people dead.
“Availability of guns in the hands of those who are not legally, do not legally have the right to have them,” Jackson told reporters during the press conference. “And in this case particularly juveniles, children, who have guns and the access they have to those guns and the type of guns that they have results in death.”
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said incidents like these could be stopped if people in the community were more willing to disclose information regarding teenagers with guns.
“We need folks to step up. This has to be a community effort,” Williams said. “We need the public’s help because we don’t want further retaliation or anything else that goes along with these incidents. We want to stop this right now.”
You can watch the press conference below: