Advance Peace of Lansing will address the epidemic of gun violence

A five-year-old child is kept home from school to be with parents while they rob someone. A Lansing youth is shot – five times – and receives no medical or mental health support beyond the emergency room. Young people are afraid to get a job because their enemies will find them and shoot them down.

These are the kinds of stories I have heard from young people who have been perpetrators and victims of gun violence. The lack of family and community support set them on destructive paths. The collateral consequences of their gun crimes – reduced access to jobs, education and services – create an even darker future and lead to more violence. More police or more arrests will not break the cycle. But I believe interventions like the Advance Peace Lansing initiative can transform lives and build safer neighborhoods.

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