INDIANAPOLIS — Today, the Indiana Democratic Party is reminding Indianapolis voters that there is only one candidate for mayor with a plan to address gun safety: Mayor Joe Hogsett.
“Mayor Joe Hogsett is the clear choice for Indianapolis voters when it comes to tackling gun violence and taking on the gun lobby,” stated Mike Schmuhl, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. “NRA member Jefferson Shreve is letting his connections to the gun lobby and Republican state legislators stand in the way of supporting common-sense gun safety measures that Indianapolis voters support. Mayor Joe will stand against extreme gun policies and prioritize the community over special interests.”
Republican mayoral nominee Jefferson Shreve continues to deflect when asked whether he has a plan to address gun violence in the city of Indianapolis. His most recent deflection was in a recent interview with Importantville, where his campaign stated that Indianapolis voters will need to wait weeks for any plan, despite saying now is the “time to act.”
NRA member Jefferson didn’t show up to either Indianapolis City-County Council committee meeting to tell Indianapolis directly how he would tackle gun crime. But he was more than willing to defend hotelier profit margins at a council committee meeting just a few weeks before.
Jefferson’s no-plan, no-show approach stands in sharp contrast to Mayor Joe, who rolled out a multifaceted gun safety plan. His plan to hire more attorneys to work directly with the US District Attorney Zachary Myers to keep those committing gun crimes off the streets passed unanimously out of committee, even receiving praise from Republican councillors.
Mayor Joe and the City-County Council passed measures that call for local control to halt permitless carry, ban assault weapons, and raise the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21 in Marion County. It’s a sign to the other side of Market Street that Indianapolis stands for gun safety.