San Diego Supervisors Approve Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan

San Diego County supervisors are moving forward with a plan to address gun violence.

On Thursday, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in favor of recommendations from a county-commissioned study. These include the establishment of a gun violence reduction advisory group, educational events and roundtables for agencies and stakeholders, the creation of a new digital platform for agencies and organizations, and promoting safe gun storage.

Additionally, supervisors will create a new staff position to coordinate gun violence reduction efforts and oversee grant application submissions.

Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond were against accepting the recommendations. Desmond explained to City News Service that the work group disproportionately focused on suicide, and that there was too much emphasis on talking to people, rather than taking meaningful actions to reduce violence in the community.

"If we don't get to the root cause of the issue, mental health and violence, nothing will change," said Desmond. "The last thing we need is more bureaucracy, especially focused on the wrong thing like taking guns away from law-abiding citizens."


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