Mpls. kids march to highlight toll of gun violence


Hundreds of schoolchildren took to the streets of Minneapolis Wednesday to focus attention on young lives that have been lost to gunfire.

During a march along Broadway Avenue organized by the Children's Defense Fund, many of the youngsters wore white shirts. But WCCO reports 102 of them wore red to symbolize the number of Minnesota children killed by gun violence over the last ten years.

The Children's Defense Fund organized similar events around the country and is pushing for stricter gun laws.

But one of the group's Minneapolis volunteers tells MPR it will take more than new laws to end the gun violence that plagues inner city neighborhoods. Raymond Kidd says communities can help by discouraging young people from using guns.

Here's WCCO's story:


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