Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Gov. Matt Bevin met with pastors from across Kentucky to address violence on Thursday. This is in response to a 7-year old boy who was killed by random gunfire while he was enjoying a bedtime snack and playing a game on his iPad. Louisville is now on pace to break a record for homicides, with 49 killed so far this year. This senseless violence led to the governor meeting with Kentucky's pastors to talk about what they can do to help their communities. Bevin said that at the root of violence is a "cultural, spiritual and economic problem."And who better to speak to spiritual issues than pastors? If Kentucky is to become safer and less violent, it will take the hard work of pastors and churches to address the brokenness and begin the process of healing.