Virginia Beach, Virginia 2021-04-08 23:11:12 –
Portsmouth, Virginia (WAVY) —The Mayor of Hampton Roads will hold an online forum on Monday to discuss youth gun violence and how local cities are working to combat it.
Online forums include Mayor Hampton’s Donnie Tuck, Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, Chesapeake Mayor Rick West, Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Grover, and Newport News Mayor McKinley Price.
Anthony Smith, Executive Director of Cities United, a national network focused on eliminating violence in American cities associated with African-American men and boys, will join the mayor to discuss.
Topics include the effects of youth violence in the area and how to prevent crime. According to a news release from the city of Hampton, the group will also talk about the impact of COVID-19.
The forum begins at 7 pm Youth Violence Prevention Week. Hampton City Facebook Page..
In Hampton, the forum launched a series of city events that week, The urgency of the current symposiumSponsored by the City Youth and Young Adults Office.
The city also provided statistics on gun violence from CDC 2019 data by the Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence and the Union to Stop Gun Violence.
- Guns are the leading cause of death in young adults between the ages of 20 and 24, accounting for almost one in four people in this age group, and more than half of the deaths of young black men in particular. Guns are the second leading cause of death in the general population between the ages of 25 and 34, but remain the leading cause of death for black men up to the age of 39.
- Young black men (15-34) are particularly unbalanced, accounting for 2% of the population, but 37% of all deaths from firing squad in 2019. The rate of gun murder was more than 20 times higher than that of the same white man. Age group.
- Also, in 2019, firearms were the leading cause of death for American children and teens aged 1-19. Of these youngest victims, 44% were black.
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