Mayor’s statement on Zimmerman verdict

Mayor Sly James issued this statement on the Trayvon Martin verdict tonight:

This verdict doesn’t change the fact that here in Kansas City, gun violence claims the lives of too many people.  No amount of anger, violence, disruption, or media sensationalism will bring back Trayvon Martin.  This case highlighted what we all know – gun violence does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter how young you are, what color you are, where you live, or how much money you make – the results can be deadly when guns and emotions combine.  I expect Kansas Citians to remember that the common vision we have for this city is greater than any of the issues, perceived or real, that divide us. By remaining focused on the community goal of reducing gun violence, we can prevent more tragedy from taking place in our city.  That truly is the best way to honor the memory of any victim of gun violence, including Trayvon Martin and the hundreds of other lesser known victims.


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