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Church, city leaders aim to halt stem of violence in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Church and city leaders came together Monday to seek ways to stop the wave of murders in Kansas City.

Already, Kansas City has seen 16 homicides this year, which follows 108 last year.

"We sit in this city and have slow motion mass murder every single day and year, and we have to put an end to it," Kansas City Mayor Sly James said.

He said it must be tackled as a whole.

"This is not a new problem in Kansas City. It's a problem we've had for years. We've averaged over 100 homicides for decades. This has to stop," James said.

Community Christian Church's Bob Hill said clergy must help find solutions.

"We are saying now the level of violence that's obtained in our community is intolerable. We've got to stop it," Hill said.

One church leader said the view that violence only occurs east of Troost Avenue has led to inexcusable complacency that should shame everyone. 

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz said military-style weapons must be banned.

"We need to have stronger background checks and stronger regulations that assure we attack the supply," the rabbi said.

Everyone was in agreement that they wanted no more violence.

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