Gun Violence Up in St. Paul; Chief Tells Kids: “Put Down Your Guns”


St. Paul police chief Thomas Smith has a four-word message for young people: Put down your guns, says the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Talking about an increase in gun violence reports in the city, Smith said, “When that bullet leaves that gun, you can never, ever take it back. So I’ve asked young people in the city [ ] think first, think before you act.”

In the first five months of this year, two types of gun violence reports were up 65 percent, compared with the average for the same period between 2008 and 2010. Tyrone Terrill, African-American Leadership Council chairman, asked parents to talk to their children. “These guns are taking 5-year-old, 10-year-old, 15-year-old, 20-year-old children from our community way too early, so it’s about our community taking responsibility for what’s going on,” he said. “Do we have a partnership? Yes, but we need a family partnership to address what’s going on in our community.”

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