Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” C. Young said over the weekend that people with disagreements should duke it out in the boxing ring rather than bring weapons into the fray.
During an anti-gun rally in Baltimore on Sunday, Young — who replaced former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who resigned amid scandal — said that these young people with “beef” can box their differences away.
Young, along with Baltimore state’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Baltimore City Councilman Robert Stokes Sr. attended the “Bmore United” rally, which was held at Parkside Shopping Center. Members of the city’s Walk by Faith Ministries also appeared alongside the lawmakers.
“There’s mediation,” he explained. “If they wanna really settle them, we can have them down at the Civic Center [now called Royal Farms Arena], put a boxing ring up, and let them go and box it out, those kind of things.”
If that were a choice, “the best man [could] win, and the beef should be over,” he said.
“Those are some kind of things that I’m thinking about, and hoping that we can get these people to put these guns down,” Young added.
During remarks, Mosby pointed to six youths who were arrested during a “ruckus” that took place in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on May 25.
“We saw what happened last week with the young people in our city, and we want to make sure we are supportive of them,” Mosby told the people gathered at the rally. “It’s time for us collectively to come together and change the trajectory and find productive activities for our young people, especially when we know they’re getting out of school.”
WBAL-TV reported that Young’s comments come on the heels of 11 people being injured and one killed during eight separate shootings that took place in Baltimore over the weekend.
The station reported that the Bmore United rally is helping to usher in National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday.