KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mayor Sly James delivered the annual State of the City Address Tuesday at Starlight Theater in Swope Park.
Mayor James spent a significant amount of time talking about education in Kansas City.
"If we're making a difference for the kids of this city, we're making a difference for the future of this city," he said.
He also spoke about Ferguson, Mo., and the events that led to the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent civil unrest.
He acknowledged Kansas City, Mo. Police Chief Daryl Forte for his commitment to diversity and understanding.
"There's been no chief in my knowledge or in my time," Mayor James said, who has led as Chief Forte.
The mayor called for Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker to stand for applause and recognition.
"They are doing everything possible to make this city safer," the mayor said of Jackson County prosecutors.
Mayor James mentioned Angel Hooper, 6, Damiah White, 3, who were killed by gunfire and Ka'Veya Curry, 10, who was shot at a gas station during gunfire that killed his father.
He also said now is the time to restrict who can have a gun.
"We place limits on who can drive a car," he said. "The time is now to get guns out of the cars of gang-bangers."
They're no longer killing each other, he said. "They're killing our children."