Report reveals gun violence is the leading cause of death of black children
Freddie Allen | 8/22/2013, 6 a.m.
The report offered a number of solutions to address the gun violence that children and teens face growing up in America, including universal background checks that cover sales on the Internet and at gun shows, limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, boycotting products that glamorize violence and “supporting nonviolent conflict resolution in our homes, schools, congregations and communities.”
Writing in the report, Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, implored parents, families, friends, mentors and community stakeholders to pressure Congress to support common sense gun safety and gun violence prevention measures for the nation, including consumer safety standards for all guns, public funding for gun violence prevention research and resources and authority for law-enforcement agencies to properly enforce gun laws.
“Parents, remove guns from your home and be vigilant about where your children play. Boycott products that glamorize violence,” wrote Edelman.
Edelman continued: “The overwhelming majority of Americans agree we can and must do better. Polls show the vast majority of Americans, gun owners and non-gun owners, Republicans and Democrats, support universal background checks as a first step to making America safer for our children and for all of us. Together we can — and must — do better right now. So many child lives depend on it.”
This article was originally published in the Aug. 12 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly.