INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Vice President Mike Pence delivered the keynote address at the annual Ten Point Coalition on Friday, just 13 months after he and his wife Karen joined the Faith Patrol and walked the streets of Indianapolis.
The goal of the event was to raise the issue of youth gun violence to the national level. This comes just days after Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced plans for a statewide partnership to use the Ten Point Coalition’s anti-violence model in other Hoosier communities.
“The Ten Point Coalition is not only inspiring cities in Indiana, it will continue to inspire cities and communities across America," Pence said.
The vice president spoke about the Trump administration’s commitment to creating jobs, reforming welfare programs, and providing students with “world-class education, no matter their zip code.”
“The president and I believe if we’re serious about helping those among us, it’s not enough to just provide shelter from the cold. We have a responsibility to help and find a pathway out of poverty.”
Pence said despite all of their work in Washington, he knows the real progress is made by people in the community and groups like Ten Point Coalition.
"The most important work we’ll ever do will take place not in the marble halls of Washington D.C. or in the Statehouse. The truth is the real work is going to be done by people like you. It’s going to be done in the hearts and minds of our neighbors who take it upon themselves to take ownership and not only revive our economy but to revive the commitment each of us owe to our neighbor. That’s the pathway to safety. That’s the pathway to prosperity.”
Both Pence, and Ten Point Coalition founder Reverend Charles Harrison echoed sentiments that public safety isn't something that can be achieved through arrests. Reverend Harrison says he and the Vice President are now sharing ideas about holding national summit either in Washington D.C or Indianapolis. the goal of the summit will be to come up with a nation-wide strategy for addressing youth violence.
"Instead of having a top down approach where we’re trying to jail our way out of this and get tougher on crime. Let's have a more bottom up grass roots approach where you have the input and involvement of the neighborhoods being impacted by this violence,” Harrison said.
Harrison says he hopes for the summit to take place within the next 6-8 months.