MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Attorney General William P. Barr was in Memphis Wednesday to announce the launch of Project Guardian, a nationwide strategic plan to reduce gun violence.
Project Guardian will assist state and local agencies in the push to cut violent crimes.
Law enforcement from all over the Mid-South packed a room for a press conference at the Federal Building to hear from US Attorney General William Barr about a nationwide strategic plan to reduce gun violence.
“Today in Memphis the violent crime rate is about 5.3 times the national average and murder rate is 5.7 times the national average rate,” Barr said.
The plan will help eliminate illegal guns off the street that hopefully will reduce violently crimes by double digits.
“Fortunately crime levels have fallen. The crimes today is half of what it was in 1992,” Barr said.
Attorney General Barr explained US President Trump’s stance behind Project Guardian.
“The idea is to use our existing gun laws to incapacitate the most dangerous violent offenders,” Barr said.
The US Attorney broke down how he’s already been in talks with top law enforcement heads from Memphis about the issue of violence.
“In 2018 violent crime decreased by four percent, but some places they were not able to see those reductions, Memphis is one of those places,” Barr said.
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