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Gun violence declared a public health danger in Indianapolis

Posted at 11:05 PM, Aug 13, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis City-County Council voted Monday night to recognize gun violence and violent crime as a public health danger. 

The proposal, which was approved with a 21-3 vote, opens up the opportunities for the city to seek additional funding for initiatives and programs designed to fight crime and for additional funding to establish and operate programs through the Office of Public Health and the Marion County Health Department.  

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The proposal states that gun violence costs Indianapolis over $21 million each year in the form of direct emergency and medical care, most of which is then placed on the taxpayers. 

After a violent weekend in Indianapolis, the city's homicide total is up to 91 for 2018. At the same time last year there had been 79 homicides. 

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