After the 14th murder this year – about three times the average, Kenosha’s Democratic mayor has finally responded to KCE’s request for comment. In this statement, he seemingly blames guns and liquor licenses for the cities sharp 300% increase in homicides, year to date. He says that guns are a problem in Kenosha and throughout the entire country. He also wants the city council to punish all taverns for the actions of one, referring to a moratorium on new licenses. The mayor does not mention any of his policies being possibly to blame. He doesn’t mention the influx in public housing projects that he has championed. In what many say is a typical response from a large city Democratic mayor, he doesn’t give any real plan to reduce the bloodshed. Gun rights advocates claim that punishing law abiding gun owners for the mistakes of criminals is not the answer. He fails to mention that two murders were done with a machete, and many others with knives this year. Restaurants and other establishments that wish to relocate or build in the city of Kenosha will now have a roadblock if they wish to sell wine beer or alcohol. They now may look elsewhere.
Here is the Mayor’s full statement:
Statement from Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian Following Fatal Shooting KENOSHA – (November 8, 2021)
Once again the City of Kenosha has experienced another senseless act of violence. I continue to meet with the Police Chief and we continue to pursue every measure that we can to try and prevent future tragedies where gun violence forever affects the lives of our residents. I am working with the police chief and city attorney to review all legal actions I can take as we move forward. Kenosha Police Chief Eric Larsen and his department are working together to hold those who are responsible, accountable. Recently the Common Council approved a moratorium on new liquor licenses issued in our city. I will continue to work with the License and Permits Committee and the Common Council on legislative action that will hold the licensed establishment that allows this type of behavior to be held accountable for the action of their patrons. We have seen gun violence take far too many lives in the City of Kenosha, and quite frankly nation wide this year. I thank our police department, in addition to the other area law enforcement agencies who rushed to help yesterday. I also offer my sincere condolences to all the families and residents affected by these incidents. I urge our community to share any information regarding this incident to contact Kenosha Police investigators at 262-605-5203. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Kenosha Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.