13 people were shot last night in a South Side Chicago park. There are no fatalities, but the youngest victim, a 3 year old boy, remains in critical condition. The event appears to be gang-related.
It’s no secret that Chicago is the deadliest city in America in terms of gun crimes. The question becomes, how can we prevent these kinds of horrific events? Beyond gun control laws, what kinds of measures are being taken? What can communities do?
In Chicago there is CeaseFire, a group that has former gang members intervene before violence breaks out by establishing relationships with people affected by violence. Their violent past gives “The Interrupters” credibility in the community. Fresh Air interviewed the director of the documentary on their work (Steve James) and “interrupter” Ameena Matthews.
North Philadelphia struggles with very similar violence issues. A few weeks ago we interviewed Dr. Amy Goldberg and Scott Charles who started the Cradle to Grave program. Cradle to Grave gives at-risk teens an up-close look at a trauma center in an effort to take away the “bravado” of gun violence and demonstrate its real consequences.