Guns Don’t Just Kill.

Guns kill. But they do more. They maim. They cripple. They paralyze and they explode the potential for doing harm.

During calendar year 2011, 707 young people age 18 and under were shot, and 83 (12%) were killed in Chicago. Almost 20% of those shooting victims were on probation at the time they were shot.

These figures come from the Youth Shooting Review project at Chapin Hall, the University of Chicago.

Rachel Johnston, director of this will effort, will be on hand Tuesday, Jan. 29 at our gathering on covering youth violence, to talk about how guns mark the mayhem in Chicago today.

So, will folks from In My Shoes and Brokenwinggz – two efforts that deal with youths paralyzed or disabled as a result of violence in Chicago.

You can meet with folks from these organizations and individuals from nearly 30 private and public organizations that deal somehow with violence – ranging from restorative justice efforts to telling the story of drama of violence on the stage to helping grieving parents get by to planning the strategies for stopping the violence.

We will meet from 10 am to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 618 S. Michigan Ave., Stage Two, Columbia College, Chicago.

The Chicago Headline Club is a co-sponsor.

Talking about guns, we know that for every killing, there are four times as many shootings in Chicago and the number of shootings has  grown yearly.

But I would like to know what kind of guns do the killing? Are they cheap? Are they stolen? And can I trace the life of a gun, going from where it was bought to where it left its mark?

photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz

I’d like to know how Chicago hospitals deal with annually increase wave of shooting, how often the people who get caught up in the violence get wounded before they die or are disabled and how these walking wounded move on with their lives?


Let’s look for some answers.


Please join us. And please help us open the doors to the reporting we need on the violence here.

Steve@chicagoistheworld, cell 773 595 8667



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