Councilman: Fight Gun Violence with Rec Center Hours

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A Cincinnati councilman is pushing to keep the city's recreation centers open longer on the weekends as a means to disrupt a rash of gun violence in the area.

P.G. Sittenfeld wants to create what he calls "a sanctuary of safety for young people home alone on summer nights with idle hands that can be easily influenced," according to NBC affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati.

"I think when you leave people vulnerable, when you don't give them opportunity, that's when they're more susceptible to bad influences," Sittenfeld said, adding that those bad influences are behind a wave of gun violence in June and July. He wants to stem the tide by implementing a plan that will come at a price.

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