Councilman says violence should receive same urgency as hurricane relief

 Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A Philadelphia City Councilman says the  murder rate in  might be addressed better with a new approach.

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced a resolution to coincide with a national day of remembrance for those who are victims of violence.

“Recognizing gun violence as a health epidemic in the city of Philadelphia.”

Johnson says he believes that issue should receive the same attention as the recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas.

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“We have to remain vigilant at the end of the day it will take all of us to get involved, roll up our sleeves to address this issue.  As long as young people are murdered in the streets of Philadelphia it’s an epidemic that needs to be addressed.”

Johoson says the issue hits home for him since he  lost a cousin to gun violence in 1998.

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