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Fort Myers community wants action to deal with gun violence

Posted at 10:25 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 22:25:22-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. --  Once a month Councilman Johnny Streets holds a community meeting to hear the concerns of those living in Fort Myers. But this meeting just so happened to spend the majority of the time tackling the topic of gun violence. 

"We'll talk about it, we'll argue about it, until it happens again," said Streets. 

However, when it comes to figuring out the right solution on how to keep children in schools safe, since the devastation of the Parkland Shooting that killed 17 people, that was a more difficult conversation. 

Streets pointed out the proposed action of arming school volunteers with guns in Hendry County. He said while he is open to hearing the argument, he worries it will only make matters worse. 

“I would listen on, but I think someone says that it’s a feel good," he said. There’s too many things that could go wrong. What if the teachers don’t get along with each other and they both have guns?” 

Law enforcement was also present at the meeting. They stated one of their biggest obstacles to tackling gun violence begins with mental health, but also the many loopholes in the system. 

Streets referred to ghost guns, a firearm that comes without serial numbers and can be ordered in parts to be assembled, as one of those loopholes. Law enforcement says that the right person with the right knowledge who knows how to get around the system, will. 

The Councilman says he is proud that students will be taking part in the March for Our Lives on March 24th. Nevertheless, he wants adults to take charge in giving the students education and guidance. 

"Marching is good, but after the marching, what? Hold people accountable," he said.