Gun Violence (Continued)
We've allowed this violence and fear to fracture our village to its core, because as a village we've sat idly by while the criminal element among us has been on the move, gaining strength and advancing its terror without restraint, and not caring who they hurt.
This doesn't have to be the case if and when a village is awakened, enlightened and working together. The senseless violence doesn't have to continue if as a village we address the violence head on. We have to deal with the problems that have created this violence, and it all starts by taking a stand, not now, but RIGHT, NOW!
I Am my brother's keeper, and it will take a Village if we are ever going to see an end to these SELF INFLICTED GENOCIDE.
I'm up for the challenge and I challenge each and everyone visiting this site to STEP UP its time to wake up, this senseless violence and killing must STOP!
It takes a Village (Continued)
In 2010 more that 700,000 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained due to violence.
But responding to violence after it happens is only part of the solution. We must prevent youth violence before it begins. In addition, most youth, even those living in high risk situations, are not violent and more must be learned about the factors that are helping youth, protecting them from engaging in violent behavior so that others can benefit.
One critical step is a better understanding of the factors that protect youth from engaging in violence and to focus on prevention efforts that enhance protective influences of which our Village plays an important role.