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Liberty

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June 2 was "National Gun Awareness Day."

Recently, Working On Excellence, a new organization of black youths in Champaign, sponsored a L.O.V.E. march against gun violence. In three short years, National Gun Awareness Day has quickly become an annual memorial and day of protest.

African-American students on the South Side of Chicago created the commemoration to honor their slain classmate, Hadiya Pendleton. A 15-year-old student at King College Prep, Pendleton was accidently shot and killed on Jan. 29, 2013, by two young men hunting members of a rival gang.

Tragically, deaths like Pendleton's are quite common in African-American communities. In a March 2016 report, the Violence Policy Center reported that 84 percent of the 6,217 black homicide victims in 2013 were killed by guns. According to FBI data, that same year, blacks comprised 13 percent of the population but a staggering 50 percent of homicides. This latter statistic explains why the center considers African-American homicides an "epidemic" and a "national crisis."

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http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion...eaking-cycle-gun-violence-black-community.htm
 

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June 2 was "National Gun Awareness Day."

Recently, Working On Excellence, a new organization of black youths in Champaign, sponsored a L.O.V.E. march against gun violence. In three short years, National Gun Awareness Day has quickly become an annual memorial and day of protest.

African-American students on the South Side of Chicago created the commemoration to honor their slain classmate, Hadiya Pendleton. A 15-year-old student at King College Prep, Pendleton was accidently shot and killed on Jan. 29, 2013, by two young men hunting members of a rival gang.

Tragically, deaths like Pendleton's are quite common in African-American communities. In a March 2016 report, the Violence Policy Center reported that 84 percent of the 6,217 black homicide victims in 2013 were killed by guns. According to FBI data, that same year, blacks comprised 13 percent of the population but a staggering 50 percent of homicides. This latter statistic explains why the center considers African-American homicides an "epidemic" and a "national crisis."

Read more

http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion...eaking-cycle-gun-violence-black-community.htm

I also hope and pray this is truly an effective means to halt the rise of black youth homicides in our major urban centers as well sis!
 

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