An anti-gun March, unrelated to an anti violence seminar on the same day as a fatal shooting at a fast food restaurant are all clear signs of a community stressed by random bloodshed.
This Saturday in Cleveland began like too many others, a deadly overnight shooting, this time in the parking lot of a Fast Food restaurant. The driver of a car sitting at the drive-thru window was shot to death by a masked gunman on foot.
Eight hours later, around noon, peace advocates marched across the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. The group carried signs and wore t-shirts with their anti-gun message taking jabs at the NRA and urging significant background checks aimed at keeping guns out of the wrong hands.
Five hours later in the early evening, a seminar is held just blocks away from the morning's fatal shooting. The seminar's main aim is to curb violence in general and youth violence in particular.
The seminar, called A Day of Hope and Awareness, included free identification cards for children, a mobile unit providing fire safety instruction and a brain storming session identifying harmful sources of influence.
The common message that rang out is that something needs to be done to decease violence and improve safety – starting with the children. With so many being killed in the streets of Cleveland, it seems people are wanting to take action.
That's three unrelated events-- pointing to one possible solution.
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