COLUMBUS–Today, State Rep. Latyna M. Humphrey (D-Columbus) issued the following statement after Columbus surpassed 100 homicides for 2022. 19 out of 101 homicides, or about 19 percent, of all Columbus homicides this year have happened in House District 26.
“The level of gun violence in our communities is completely unacceptable,” said Rep. Humphrey. “Even one life lost to gun violence is too many. We have to crack down on this violence to ensure our streets are safer for all of our families. I will continue to do everything in my power to as an elected official to support my constituents who have been impacted by gun violence, including advocating for commonsense gun safety legislation that will keep our children and families safe.”
Rep. Humphrey is committed to working with anyone to stop gun violence. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that gun violence disproportionately impacts young people in low-income counties. More than 62% gun deaths occurred among youth ages 5 to 24 from 2007-2016.
Currently, there are 13 bills in the legislature that would implement commonsense, gun safety, including House Bill (HB) 274, which would allow local governments to enact gun safety measures that are best for their communities.