Do many of Milwaukee’s kids have a chance to avoid violence, asks Police Chief Edward Flynn after a shooting that injured a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, writes Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist James Causey. The kids were put in harm’s way when a man, driving a van with seven children and their mother, allegedly got into a gunfight with another man. The shooting last week came a day after the burial of 10-year-old Sierra Guyton, who was shot during a dispute between two men at an elementary school playground.
Too many children are dying and being critically injured due to the negligence of adults, says Causey, who notes that too many felons have guns in Milwaukee. Flynn said in New York, a city of nearly 9 million, police confiscated 1,350 guns off the streets as of July 6. In Milwaukee, with a population of 600,000, Milwaukee police have confiscated 1,340 guns this year. Also, in the latest Milwaukee child shooting, their mother had been charged with child neglect. The state Department of Children and Families said it has a backlog of nearly 3,000 child abuse cases in Milwaukee.