Baltimore Mayor: Substitute Boxing Matches For Gun Violence to Settle 'Beefs'

By Cody Leach | June 3, 2019 | 4:35pm EDT
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young (D)

On Sunday, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said placing gunslingers in a boxing ring to duke it out and settle their “beefs” could work as a way to help reduce gun violence.

"If they really want to settle them, we can have them down at the Civic Center [Royal Farms Arena], put a boxing ring up, let them go and box it out, those kind of things," Young said at an anti-gun event in Baltimore, according to CBS local WJZ 13.

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 "[May] the best man win, and the beef should be over,” he added. “Those are some kinds of things I'm thinking about and hoping that we can get these people to put these guns down."

As of June 3, there have been 135 homicides in Baltimore this year caused by gun violence.

Mayor Young’s made his remarks at “Bmore United,” an anti-gun rally. At the event, he was joined by other prominent anti-gun politicians, including State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and City Councilman Robert Stokes Sr.

There were eight separate shootings in Baltimore over the weekend, one of the victims died. 

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