TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! READ THIS OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY AND CITY COUNCIL CRITICIZING A LACK OF PAWN SHOP GUN SAFETY!!!
A recent robbery that put an AK-47 on Kansas City streets has neighborhood activists up in arms.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS OPEN LETTER CALLING OUT A LOCAL PAWN SHOP AND URGING MAYOR SLY AND CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT AN EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD!!!
The letter is a nice bit of civic activism that unfortunately takes place on a day that's mostly dedicated to work on Kansas City toy train partying.
Still, it's definitely worth a read. Check it:
FWD: SMART PAWN @ 63RD & TROOST
For the third time in less than three months, Smart Pawn at the intersection of 63rd and Troost has been robbed. In two of these thefts, firearms were taken. Yesterday, the establishment was relieved of an AK-47. It is clear that the owners and management of this store have no intention of properly securing the business, much less the ample stock of firearms that they maintain for sale in a neighborhood that suffers from nightly gunfire as it is. Why does the City continue to turn a blind eye to irresponsible business owners like those of Smart Pawn? Why does the City continue to allow firearms to be placed in the hands of criminals? The business taxes collected from this establishment cannot possibly be worth people's lives, but that is the impression that the City is giving the neighborhood by ignoring this glaring problem since its inception.
After moving to the Troost Plateau neighborhood in July 2011, I immediately became involved with the residents' association, serving as its Vice-President for the last year. My husband and I are both college graduates; I hold a professional master's degree. We both work as public service professionals. We are expecting our first child within the next four weeks. In short, we are exactly the sort of family that the City claims to desperately want to attract and retain. Why, then, does the City deliberately create dangerous conditions for otherwise attractive neighborhoods?
If Smart Pawn cannot be trusted to secure its own business properly, then it cannot be trusted to operate safely within our City's limits. The owners and management have broken repeated promises to ensure that incidents like these three thefts do not happen. Someone was able to steal an AK-47 from them in broad daylight, for God's sake! Please take action immediately to shut this business down. Smart Pawn should never have been granted a permit to operate in the first place; it is time to rectify the mistake the City has made.