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Mayor Brown speaks before House Financial Services Committee

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Tuesday in Washington D.C., Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown spoke before the House Financial Services Committee.

Brown discussed how a mass shooting financially impacts a community, speaking specifically about the attack at the Jefferson Avenue Tops, where 10 people were killed and three others were injured.

“Across our country we have seen over a century of underfunding by the federal government in minority neighborhoods. This led to unacceptable increases in gun violence, crime, and generational poverty,” Mayor Brown said prior to the hearing. “Gun violence has a lasting and negative impact on survivors, and events in childhood will have a lifelong impact on the psychological well-being and labor market participation of those involved. The mass shooting at the Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue has the potential to harm an already economically disadvantaged community.”

The hearing Brown spoke at Tuesday was titled “Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough: How Mass Shootings Harm Communities, Local Economies, and Economic Growth.”

“There should be federal funding to address the economic damage to communities that suffer mass shootings,” Brown said during the hearing.

More specifically, Brown called for financial support for counseling, educational enrichment and lost wages in the East Buffalo community.

“The May 14th shooting in Buffalo will impact an entire generation of children,” Brown said during the hearing. “This event has the potential to harm Buffalo’s already economically disadvantaged Black community and further grow inequality.”

On Wednesday, Brown will take part in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Summit in New York City.

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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