As a member of city council, I would support initiatives that address the root causes of gun violence and work to build healthy and safe communities throughout our city. Gun violence is an overwhelming issue that requires a comprehensive response to the mental health challenges, lack of hope, disinvestment, poverty, among other issues, that create the conditions for gun violence in our communities. I agree with Stan Johnson when he says "nothing stops a bullet like a job." My experience working with leaders who are working to resolve violence around the world is that communities should be over-resourced rather than under-resourced when levels of violence spike. When the city moves its offices into an area, it can help an area stabilize and encourage businesses to service the area. For mental health, we must do more as a city to provide funding and marketing support to crisis and support hotlines as well as educational messages about gun safety. I also support eliminating gun shows on public property, particularly in parts of the city with a higher rate of gun violence, to limit the flow of guns to our streets.