Vice mayor asks police chief to address council about gun violence

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville’s Vice Mayor is inviting the Metro Nashville Police chief and director of Metro Public Health to address the council regarding gun violence.

Vice Mayor David Briley sent a letter to MNPD Chief Steve Anderson and MPH Director William Paul asking for some insight into local violence.

Briley says it’s an issue of public safety and public health.

He’s hoping to get some statistics regarding gun violence in Nashville.

Briley points to recent shootings that have dominated the headlines, like the murder of a tourist in the heart of downtown Nashville over the weekend.

“I think the average citizen sees what seems like a spike in gun violence,” Briley told News 2. “I see that too. It’s a scary thing. We see too many people die from gun violence every day. I think there were two today, which is pretty scary.”

Briley has called for a special meeting on October 18 at 5:30 p.m. before the regular council meeting.

He has asked Anderson and Paul to be prepared to address the following questions:

  • Has there been an increase in gun violence in the past 24 to 36 months?
  • Are there any trends that can be identified regarding the type of gun violence?
  • Is there empirical evidence indicating the cause of gun violence in Nashville or generally?
  • What are we doing to combat gun violence in Nashville?
  • What resources are necessary to reduce gun violence in Nashville?