Sheriff Granthum and Shepard

Incumbent Mike Granthum, right, with challenger Donald Shepard.

Reducing gun violence was the focus of a forum featuring candidates for Dallas County sheriff and district attorney at a candidate forum on April 28.

Incumbent Sheriff Mike Granthum told the audience at the forum sponsored by the Coalition of Concerned Families at Queen City Kale that his vision is for citizens of Dallas County to be able to enjoy a barbeque in their backyards and “hear birds singing instead of the ‘pop, pop, pop’” of gunfire.

“The blood of our kids is in the streets,” Granthum said. He said the way to reduce gun violence is to be “tough on crime.” That includes pulling cars over, he said, because officers often find guns and drugs. “Traffic stops work,” Granthum said.

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