Buffalo needs to get illegal guns off streets
Mayor Byron Brown should be congratulated for his statement earlier this month. After visiting a young shooting victim in the hospital, he said more needs to be done about illegal guns, and I cannot agree more. The key term there is illegal.
Currently, the city is severely underfunding groups like the Peacemakers and other such programs. Also, the block clubs need to be strengthened to provide information on criminal activity, rewards need to be put in place and protection for the people who provide information must be strengthened and made readily available to lessen the fear of reprisal if they give the police information.
Also, real economic programs have to be put in place where young people can get a job and gain self-respect to get them out of the feeling of hopelessness and the drug trade.
Simon F. Manka