• Why do you think we have so much gun violence in TLH and what should we do to address it?
City Commission
Seat 1

Jack Porter

Protecting the integrity of our neighborhood is foundational and there should be an alternative to violence. Nationally, Tallahassee has more gun violence than other cities of comparable size. The City has neglected its responsibility in addressing crime. We need prevention and intervention. It is really a small group of people in a few neighborhoods that are responsible for gun violence. When people are whole and happy they don’t commit crimes.

Groups such as the Capital Area Ministry have offered community-based solutions and the City has ignored and dismissed them. We need evidence-based programs that are nationally vetted. We agreed to work with the Group Violence Intervention (GVI), who has been successful in many other cities, and then we abandoned them. We were given the false choice of working with GVI or supporting the sheriff’s initiative. We need high standards of accountability for addressing gun violence. The Commission should hold the city manager accountable. For example, the Commission has not heard from the police chief regarding how gun violence is being addressed.

Louis Dilbert

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Rudy Ferguson, Sr.

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Seat 2

Dot Inman-Johnson

Most of our gun violence occurs in the lowest income areas of the City: the 32301, 32304, and 32310 zip codes. These are the areas where people are living in desperate poverty, and feel there is no way out except to engage in activities they think provide them with the best way to make money: the drug trade and other activities that start with low-level crime leading to high-level crime. The City constantly reminds people to lock their cars to avoid guns being stolen and use to commit crimes. Stealing from cars is not only way to get guns, in Florida we have lax laws no permits. The drug trade plays a big part with drugs and guns being traded. When someone is convicted of a crime and the returned to the community there should be properly funded re-entry programs designed to prevent recidivism. We are not working with and educating younger family members who look to their older brothers engaged in the drug trade and other criminal activities because they are the only role models they have. We need to invest in prevention and not just intervention. We need to prevent young people from falling into the crime pipeline.

Donna Nyak

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Curtis Richardson

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Bernard Stevens, Jr.

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County Commission
Group 1 – At Large

Carolyn Cummings

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David T Hawkins

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District 4

Brian Welch

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Isaac Montilla

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