In rallies from coast to coast, students across the United States are calling for tighter gun control. The deadly Parkland, Florida shooting resurfaced the conversation but the issue of gun violence is all too familiar for people in Chicago. For residents in certain neighborhoods, shootings are frustratingly frequent. In 2016, a particularly deadly year, there were nearly 800 murders, and about half of the gun crimes happened in just five neighborhoods, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. So what’s being done to reverse the violence? In this episode, we hear from Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, Corey Brooks, a pastor of a nondenominational church on Chicago’s South Side, and Liz Dozier, founder of Chicago Beyond and former principal of a South Side Chicago high school. Their conversation is moderated by Ron Brownstein, a senior editor at The Atlantic.
Read more about the topics mentioned in this episode.
- Former Fenger High School principal launches Chicago Beyond foundation with a $2 million challenge,Chicago Tribune
- Project H.O.O.D.
- Meet Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, the Man Who Runs America’s Largest Mental Healthcare Provider, Vice News
- Slayings, shootings down in Chicago in 1st two months of 2018, USA Today
- Chicago Police Tout Decrease In Murders, Shootings, NPR
- University of Chicago Crime Lab
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