Gun Violence

The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Gun Violence In Rocky Mount

Pastor James Gailliard
Credit / Word Tabernacle Church

Pastor James Gailliard of Word Tabernacle Church talks about recent gun violence in Rocky Mount


Hundreds of community members gathered at the Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount to discuss solutions for community violence after four teenagers were shot behind the church last month. Many at the meeting said an increase in gun availability on the streets of Rocky Mount contributes to the problem.  

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5:50 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Durham Police Put 'Bull's Eye' On High-Crime Neighborhood

Map of the target area for the Durham Police Department's "Operation Bull's Eye" initiative
Credit Durham Police Department

Durham police officers are crediting an initiative started six years ago for reducing crime in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods. 

"Operation Bull's Eye" targeted a two-square-mile area with high rates of crime and "shots fired" calls.  Officers used enforcement and community-building programs to bring shooting incidents down by more than half and overall violent crime down by nearly 40 percent. 

Durham's deputy chief Larry Smith says the lower numbers can't be attributed to enforcement alone.  

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5:11 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Mothers Rally To Fight Gun Violence

Credit Megathon Charlie via Flickr, Creative Commons

Mothers across North Carolina are marching and speaking out at events tomorrow to raise awareness of how gun violence affects families. Joslyn Simms, who lost her son Rayburn to gun violence eight years ago this month, will be speaking at tomorrow's rally in Durham.

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The State of Things
10:46 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Son’s Death Spurs Mother To Fight Violence

Khaaliq Johnson

Host Frank Stasio talks to Dorothy Johnson-Speight about her organization Mothers In Charge

When Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s son Khaaliq was killed in 2001, she thought her life was over. He wasn’t the first child she lost – her 3-year-old daughter had died almost 15 years to the day before
Khaaliq’s murder -- but he was the first child lost to violence, and his death shook her.

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State of Things
10:44 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Controlling Gun Violence

Recent high-profile shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin and Texas are spurring public conversations about gun control, but is tougher regulations on our right to keep and bear arms an effective method for curtailing gun deaths?

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