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Taking Aim at Kids and Gun Violence in Wisconsin

October 22, 2008

Madison, WI – Finding ways to say "No Way, No How" to a recent rise in the number of Wisconsin children and teens killed by firearms; that's part of the message today on the "Day of International Concern About Young People and Gun Violence." After taking a big dip, the number of Wisconsin kids killed in incidents of gun violence went up again in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics have been compiled. That increase included a rise in homicides that was more than double the number of the previous year.

Children's Defense Fund spokesman Ed Shelleby says the time has come to turn around our "culture of violence."

"Easiest is to refuse to buy products for your children that glamorize guns."

Shelleby notes years of progress against gun violence and youth are beginning to erode.

"The Children's Defense Fund has been looking at gun violence data for more than a decade, and the most recently-released data is actually the first increase since 1994."

Shelleby believes it's also important not to become desensitized to the violence, which is easy to do because it's so common in entertainment.

"Talk to community leaders and tell them about the effects of gun violence, not only for children, but for themselves, and for communities."

Those opposed to changing gun laws cite interference with the constitutional right to bear arms.

Shelleby says that in Wisconsin many of the gun deaths are suicides - which points to the importance of mental health services and education.

Complete data on firearm deaths of children and teens at http://www.childrensdefense.org.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI