Missouri lawmaker says violence in KC may hurt tourism


BRIAN: A DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN
AUGUST AT POWER AND LIGHT. A WOMAN KILLED DURING FIRST
FRIDAY AT THE CROSSROADS. A MAN FOUND DEAD AT 18TH AND
VINE.>>IT’S SPREADING LIKE A CANCER,
AND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO
TRY TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM. BRIAN: REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD
BROWN SAYS VIOLENCE HAS ALREADY
HURT BUSINESS. IT SHUT DOWN ONE FIRST FRIDAY,
AND HE’S CONCERNED TOURISM WILL
BE NEXT.>>I’M SCARED THAT IF THE
VIOLENCE CONTINUES, PEOPLE MAY
NOT WANT TO COME HERE.>>IN WESTPORT WE PRIDE
OURSELVES ON HAVING PROBABLY THE
BEST PRIVATE SECURITY TEAM IN
THE MIDWEST. BRIAN: BILL NIGRO OWNS SEVERAL
BUSINESSES IN WESTPORT. HE SAYS METAL DETECTORS, CLOSE
RELATIONSHIPS WITH POLICE, AND A
NETWORK OF CAMERAS HAVE KEPT
VIOLENCE AWAY AND VISITOR COUNTS
HIGH.>>WE TAKE COUNTS OF PEOPLE THAT
COME IN, AND OUR NUMBERS LATE AT
NIGHT ARE STILL UP. BRIAN: TO KEEP THE WHOLE CITY
SAFE, REPRESENTATIVE BROWN SAYS
JEFFERSON CITY NEEDS TO ALLOW
LOCAL CITIES TO PASS GUN LAWS.>>THINGS THAT WOULD BE UNIQUE
TO KANSAS CITY AS WELL AS SAINT
LOUIS AND NOT NECESSARILY AFFECT
THE RURAL AREAS. BRIAN: HE WANTS IMMEDIATE ACTION
BEFORE MORE LIVES ARE LOST, AND
MORE BUSINESSES HURT. HE WANTS EVERYONE TO FEEL AND BE
SAFE. IN WESTPORT, BRIAN JOHNSON

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