MINNEAPOLIS (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s mayor is co-hosting a summit on gun violence Thursday in Minneapolis.
Tom Barrett and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak have invited police chiefs throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota to meet with federal law enforcement officials. They’ll explore their communities’ most effective ways to address crimes that involve guns.
Barrett says he and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn will discuss their efforts to map out the most dangerous neighborhoods for homicides and other major crimes – and develop rapid-response policing in those places.
Barrett says the regional group also come up with ideas for curbing gun violence – and they could involve both changes in gun laws, and more effective prosecutions. But whatever is recommended, Barrett says it will be in line with the Second Amendment rights of individuals to keep and bear arms.
The mayors said they planned the summit long before last year’s mass shooting incidents in Brookfield, Oak Creek, Aurora Colorado, and Newtown Connecticut. Gun control advocates promise new laws in the wake of those tragedies.