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As gun violence roils U.S., what you can do right here

The following letter to the community about gun violence was issued by Police Chief Julie Flaherty and Christine Bongiorno, director of Health and Human Services.

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"Recent events involving gun violence in communities across our country -- particularly the events in Uvalde, Buffalo and the events that occurred over the long weekend in Highland Park and Philadelphia -- have been devastating to our families, communities and our country. These senseless acts of violence are unacceptable and preventable.

"Here in Massachusetts we have some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, but there is so much more that can be done. In Arlington, as community leaders, we are committed to working together to gather local data, conduct community education and continue to partner with organizations that work to prevent gun violence. The safety and security of all community members is critically important to us and we are committed to protecting our children and our community at large.

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