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Rep. Humphrey calls for action to confront gun violence in Columbus

December 3, 2021
Latyna M. Humphrey News

State Rep. Latyna M. Humphrey (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after Columbus surpassed 180 homicides for 2021, the most in the city’s history.  Nearly a quarter of all Columbus homicides this year have happened in the 26th House District.

“45 out of our city’s 182 homicides have happened in my district, and it is completely unacceptable.” said Rep. Humphrey. “One homicide is too many. No Ohioan should be fearful of walking down the street or go shopping in their neighborhood.  This issue isn’t new, and it is getting worse. The General Assembly cannot continue to treat it as if this is not happening.  I am committing to supporting any legislation that addresses this crisis in our communities.”

Representative Humphrey is committed to working with anyone who is willing to stop the spread of gun violence, especially among our youth.  A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that gun violence disproportionately impacts young people in low-income counties, with more than 62% of victims from 2007-2016 being between the ages 5 and 24.  There are currently 13 bills sitting in the legislature that seek to address the problem of gun violence prevention, including SB 76 which seeks to restore local authority to regulate firearms-related conduct.