gun violence

Marti Mikkelson

Several dozen people gathered in downtown Milwaukee Thursday night to say "enough is enough" to gun violence and mass shootings in schools across the country.  The demonstrators called for changes in the law, both at the state and federal levels. 

WUWM"s Marti Mikkelson collected comments from teachers and others at the event.  Among those who spoke include Mitch Pincus of Fox Point, Kathy Sincere of Brookfield, along with a woman name Elena, Dean Muller and Del Harris -- all of Milwaukee.

Washington, D.C. March For Our Lives: Henry Morgan

On March 24, 2018, people across the country marched for tighter gun regulation at "March For Our Lives" events. In Washington, D.C. an estimated 800,000 people gathered. This was all organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after they experienced a school shooting in February that left 17 people dead. 

The air filled with chanting of "vote them out," "we've had enough," and "not one more" as the crowd took over Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. The group included people of different backgrounds and ages, and with different reasons to march.

50 Miles More

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A week after the national school walkout, some Wisconsin students went the extra mile, or this case - 50 miles, to protest gun violence. The students wrapped up a four-day, 50-mile march from Madison to Janesville Wednesday, following last weekend's nationwide March For Our Lives rallies.  And the organizers say their work isn't done, even if the march is.

Katie Eder says gun violence isn't a political issue; but rather, students are literally fighting for their lives.

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Update: Monday, Governor Walker officially signed his School Safety Plan into law, which includes $100 million to upgrade security in schools.

The Senate made minor adjustments to Walker’s original proposal.

Original Post, March 15, 2018:

Governor Scott Walker has plans he says will make Wisconsin schools safer. He called the legislature into special session to take up safety proposals that would increase security in schools.

Teran Powell

Milwaukee area youth and others pushing for tougher gun laws participated in a local March For Our Lives event on Saturday morning. The city was one of many participating in the demonstrations. Hundreds gathered in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse for the rally, which included speeches from young people. 

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Around the country, including here in Wisconsin, thousands of students walked out of school to demand action on gun control. The organized walk out comes after the latest high-profile school shooting which resulted in 17 deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Teran Powell

Students at Rufus King International High School in Milwaukee joined in solidarity Wednesday with students across the country, as part of a national walkout. The peaceful protest marked one month since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.

The MPS students participated in memory of the victims, and also to discuss gun violence and gun control - students say enough is enough.

Marti Mikkelson

The City of Milwaukee is giving away free gun locks in response to the accidental shooting death of a nine-year-old girl. Police say Miyanna Jelks was fatally shot by her nine-year-old brother in an apparent accident on the city’s north side.

Her parents have been arrested on charges of operating a drug house, child neglect and leaving a gun within reach of a child. City leaders and community activists shared ideas Monday that they hope prevent similar tragedies.

The mass shooting that killed more than two dozen people at a church in rural Texas over the weekend was the latest in a string of such shootings in this country. From Texas to Las Vegas to Charleston and Newtown, mass shootings shock and outrage Americans.

But journalist Gary Younge says there is another trend that should be just as disturbing - the deaths of children from gun violence every day.

Aisha Turner

Mothers Against Gun Violence organized an event Friday to bring attention to the importance of life insurance.

I believe I can fly… I believe I can touch the sky…

 

Debra Fifer raised her right hand in praise as Marshé Whaley belted into the microphone…

 

I think about it every night and day… spread my wings and fly away… I believe I can soar… see me running through that open door…

 

Alex Groth

It was a violent Memorial Day weekend in Milwaukee. Shootings killed four people, and injured another 15, in separate incidents on the north side. Community leaders gathered Tuesday to call for an end to the violence now, before summer arrives.

About 40 neighbors and community activists gathered at the corner of Teutonia and Hampton, the scene of one of the weekend shootings.

"This weekend, somebody lost a sister, somebody lost a daughter, somebody lost a father and somebody lost a son.”

LaToya Dennis

Summer is swiftly approaching, and in Milwaukee, warm weather typically means increased fear about violent crime. That being said, Milwaukee has deemed the month of May as violence prevention month. Community leaders are looking for ways to head off problems.

The corner of 27th and Atkinson is a busy intersection. Even at 8 a.m., there is a ton of vehicles passing through, and there’s also handful of men hanging in out in front of a corner store.

S Bence

The country continues to reel after devastating shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. Milwaukee is no stranger to violence.

Sunday, the first service was about to begin at All Peoples Church at 2nd and Clarke.

A cool hush fills the wood-beamed interior. Light spills in through massive stained glass windows. But a palpable sense of sadness hangs in the air.

Two days earlier Vicar Christine Roe provided support at the funeral of Jay L. Anderson, Jr. - the 25 year old recently killed by Wauwatosa police.

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A coalition of Milwaukee Common Council members has issued a call to action. It wants residents to join civic leaders and police to make this a safer summer for all.

Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton is leading the charge. At City Hall Thursday he said, "We’re calling for all hands on deck. This is a call for all hands. All facets of the community."

Tracey Dent

Vigils in Milwaukee for young people who've been shot and killed seem to have become commonplace.

Wednesday night, community members staged another. Bullets have struck five teens since just last weekend; two died.

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