“We’re trying to make a difference with African-American boys. We’re in 42 neighborhoods, 50 locations are the city, trying to create these safe places,” Lyles said.
He added he was troubled not just by the number of gun homicides detailed in the report, but also by the 45 percent of child gun deaths from 1999-2016 that were suicides and the 6 percent that were accidental.
“We’re not giving up,” Lyles said. “We’re not looking at these reports and saying the sky is falling. We’re recognizing there’s work to be done, and we’ll do it.”
Milwaukee Alderman Russell Stamper said he would like to see all the organizations in Milwaukee that work with youth come together and formulate a plan for helping to reduce gun violence.
He thinks there needs to be increased education about the dangers of firearms for kids and their parents.
Stamper also thinks more economic opportunities in Milwaukee’s inner city would help combat the problem.
“If you’re working, and putting money in your pocket, you don’t have time for crime,” Stamper said.