When the fight against gun violence is personal

Sometimes I get frustrated, because when I talk to young men about gun violence, I sometimes hear a hopelessness that makes me think that I want change more than they do.   And I’ve been talking to a lot of young brothers lately. Through ManUpPHL’s Listening to the Streets program, I’ve learned that gun violence…

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Kids and guns don’t mix–lessons from a childhood tragedy

As a father, my heart breaks because a 9-year-old girl was shot dead by another child when they were left alone with a gun.    It happened Wednesday morning, when police responded to a report of a shooting on North Bouvier Street. Officers found the girl in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the…

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Two girls, an Uzi, and a playground

BULLETS AND BURGERS. That’s the name of the gun range (and burger joint) where firearms instructor Charles Vacca handed a 9-year-old girl an Uzi to shoot. When it was on manual, she had no problems handling the gun, which was originally designed for the Israeli army. When he made the gun fully automatic, however, the…

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