Kemp calls crime the ‘most significant threat’ to Georgia’s future

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 7:38 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Gov. Brian Kemp is telling business leaders that crime is the most significant threat to Georgia’s future, keeping up his emphasis on the issue as he seeks re-election in 2022.

The Republican governor addressed the Georgia Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in Columbus.

He says he’s prioritized going after criminal street gangs with a task force within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and pushed legislation to crack down on street racing. He also cited the launch of a unit to reduce crime in Atlanta.

He’s used Atlanta as a frequent target in his discourse about crime but acknowledges that it’s a problem elsewhere. He came to Augusta about three weeks ago to announce the biggest anti-gang bust ever in the state.

He has said he will include anti-crime proposals for lawmakers to consider this fall when they return for a special session to redraw electoral districts.

But he said businesses have a responsibility to publicly advocate against crime and for ways to decrease crime.

“Rising crime and violent crime are not just Georgia issues – but that is not an excuse for us to do nothing,” he said. “We all can and should do whatever is necessary to protect our citizens and ensure families are safe. Because by doing so, we can build a safer, stronger Georgia – together.”

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