Supporting local groups rapidly responding to shootings is smart

Supporting local groups rapidly...

The Madison City Council’s Finance Committee got it right this week in approving funding for a short-term, so-called rapid response program to address gun violence in the city.

It’s not a lot of money and it needs to be followed up by a long-term strategy to both deal with the effects of gun violence in Madison and also get to its causes.

But the money will help support emerging grassroots, community efforts to respond to recent shootings.

It is also an appropriate recognition of the need to take advantage of the expertise and experiences of community members who know what the effects of gun violence are, what victims and families need, and in some cases know the people involved.

The Nehemiah Community Development Corporation, Focused Interruption Coalition and Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, are strong, experienced and important community voices. Supporting their skills at rapidly responding to shootings is smart policy.

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