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Gun Violence

Arianna Hudson and Octavious Wilson
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A Bloomington pastor has started a conversation on gun violence that he wants to take beyond the church's walls.

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The mayor of Normal said Tuesday he thinks a variety of initiatives can happen to address the impact of recent gun violence on Bloomington-Normal.

Candles and photos mark a memorial for one of the victims of the June 10th shootings of four people on Orchard Road in Bloomington.
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The Not In Our Town movement and United Way of McLean County said seven recent killings in the Twin Cities make it appear youths are in crisis in the community.

Allen Chambers
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NORMAL – Community leaders point to a variety of factors that have contributed to the recent spike in gun violence in Bloomington-Normal.

More than 100 people attended a forum on gun violence in the Twin Cities which WGLT hosted at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center on Wednesday.

William Bennett, City of Refuge Ministries pastor and member of the Bloomington Public Safety and Community Relations Board, said young people are more likely to turn to a life of violence when they see no other hope.

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Community leaders on Wednesday pointed to a variety of factors that have contributed to the recent spike in gun violence in Bloomington-Normal.

For Doctors, Bigger Guns Mean More Trauma

Jun 24, 2018
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When emergency room Dr. Shayla Garrett-Hauser visits schools to talk about her job, kids always ask her to tell them about the grossest thing she’s ever seen.

Updated at 10:45 p.m. ET

At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a small-town Texas high school, in what Gov. Greg Abbott called "probably the worst disaster ever to strike this community."

Ten others were wounded in the morning attack at Santa Fe High School.

The national conversation around gun violence generally centers around mass shootings, school shootings and gang activity. These problems need to be addressed, but may overshadow the largest group affected: suicide victims.

  

Police Data Show Gun Violence A Chronic, Growing Problem Across Illinois

May 14, 2018

His name was Devon McClyde, and he was 16 years old when he was caught in the crossfire of an argument while playing basketball one evening in a local park in Danville on June 8, 2016.

He died three days later – the victim of another gun crime in Central Illinois.