Mayor A C Wharton supports President Barack Obama's plan to combat gun violence. But the mayor said the battle over gun violence will be waged on the streets of cities like Memphis, not the halls of Congress.
"This is going to have to be a local crusade," Mayor Wharton said at city hall press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Memphis police are dealing with an epidemic of gun violence according to the department's director. In 2012, 2,351 victims were shot or shot at in the city.
"Guns and young people, certain types of young people are a recipe for disaster," Director Toney Armstrong said. "We've seen it over and over again."
City leaders are readying their own comprehensive effort to fight gun violence. They are targeting illegal and stolen guns.
The mayor said the 23 executive orders signed by the president Wednesday will make a difference.
"I am highly pleased with it because they are, not 100%, but a good chunk of this represents something that is doable and it will have a measurable impact on the streets of Memphis," Wharton added.