Baltimore mayor, Democrat, says encouraging thugs to box things out could solve gun problem

Baltimore’s new mayor is calling for people to put down their guns and put up their fists to settle disputes.

Mayor Bernard Young suggested that, rather than confront differences with violent use of weapons in one of the nation’s most dangerous cities, people should just “go and box it out.”

(Video: WBAL-TV)

Young, who stepped into the office vacated by Catherine Pugh who resigned amid scandal last month, thinks the way to prevent gun violence in the city is to encourage rivals to get their boxing gloves on and settle their “beef” in the ring.

“Gun violence is unnecessary. We can find other means to settle our disputes,” the Democrat told WBAL-TV.

“There’s mediation. If they wanna really settle them, we can have them down at the Civic Center, put a boxing ring up, and let them go and box it out,” he said at an anti-gun violence rally on Sunday.

“[May] the best man win, and the beef should be over,” he added on the boxing option. “Those are some kinds of things I’m thinking about and hoping that we can get these people to put these guns down.”

“Gun violence has been plaguing this city for the last 10 years. The murder rate in this city and non-fatal shootings have increased,” Young told WBAL. “I’m not happy with it and neither should the citizens of Baltimore.”

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and City Councilman Robert Stokes Sr. joined Young at the “Bmore United” anti-gun rally, which leads up to National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 7, was held on a weekend that saw several separate shootings in Baltimore leave one 17-year-old boy dead and 11 others injured.

“We saw what happened last week with the young people in our city, and we want to make sure we are supportive of them,” Mosby said, according to The Baltimore Sun. “It’s time for us collectively to come together and change the trajectory and find productive activities for our young people, especially when we know they’re getting out of school.”

One of America’s most dangerous cities, Baltimore has seen more than 300 homicides a year for four consecutive years, according to the FBI. The city was placed on the agency’s “Crime in the U.S.” list in 2017.

“I’m just hoping that it’ll start reaching these folk who are carrying the illegal guns and are repeat violent offenders. It’s a problem,” Young told WJZ-TV.

(Video: WJZ-TV)

While Young is proposing boxing and other alternative ideas as a way to combat the spike in violence that has steadily climbed in the city since the 2015 riots over the death of Freddie Gray, many blasted the short-sighted plan and called out the real culprits behind the city’s demise.

Frieda Powers

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