Roanoke anti-gun violence efforts could set example statewide amid rise in gun violence

Gun violence prevention efforts are something the city has been working on for some time

ROANOKE, Va. – As the nation works to address a spike in mass shootings, the City of Roanoke is laying the groundwork on how communities can address gun violence in their cities.

Discussing gun violence is not a new concept here in Roanoke, the city has seen its own spike in shootings over the past couple of years.

“We have a gun violence problem in this country and in this Commonwealth,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said.

But these are conversations Roanoke City Council member Joe Cobb has been having for years.

“A lot of it comes back to education, to creating safer neighborhoods, and all of the things that go into that Roanoke City Councilor Joe Cobb said.

Cobb has been an active leader in several city-wide efforts looking at what causes gun violence, including the newly formed Gun Violence Prevention Commission.

“Bringing about nonviolent peaceful ways that empower people of all ages to make decisions nonviolently workout, arguments, nonviolently,” Cobb said.

Now the city is setting an example statewide.

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