Violence is the number #2 cause of death of our children. 2nd only to car accidents. Its time to do something about it. The time to act is now. Can you help? Will you help?
Contact me if you'd like to support Leave Out Violence. http://leaveoutviolence.org/newyork/
Leave Out ViolencE (aka LOVE), was created to attack the issue of violence from the inside out, and at a level where we are most vulnerable: with our youth, our kids, our children. LOVE is compassionate; designed for both victim and perpetrator. It has to be, for that is the cycle - and circle - of violence.
The program works peer-to-peer, kid-to-kid, perp-to-perp. It works on many levels: social, societal, educational (the program is built inside of NYC public schools). LOVE is a rare organization because LOVE is helping solve the violence issue – by teaching kids how to eliminate violence from their lives.
In the end, the answer is complex: Its cultural, behavioral, societal, social. Its not just guns, and its not just mental health. Its everything. But facts don't lie. Countries like Japan, Scotland or the greater UK have practically eliminated gun violence (in terms of both raw numbers and percentage). Part of their solution is strict gun control. And the results speak for themselves and those nations should be proud that so many lives have been saved. Facts don't lie. The US has more gun related deaths than the next 22 nations COMBINED. Guns are a huge part of this problem, but are clearly NOT the only part. Other than guns, what is so vastly different in the US versus every where else in the world (meaning ALL other civilized, first world, high income nations)? Are we really just the sickest nation? Have all these countries solved the mental heath issues? Do they regulate video games? Have they solved the poverty issue? Have they solved the broken family issue? Do they ban violent movies? Do they have extremely high rates of church attendance? The answer is no. They haven't and they don't.
It's time to Act: Sign a petition. Write a letter to your congressman. Donate to Leave Out Violence. Volunteer. Speak up. Speak out. Ask your principal what their plan is. Help. Seize this moment with your action. Do something. Together we can stand up to violence.
Can you help? Will you help? Contact me if you'd like to support Leave Out Violence. http://leaveoutviolence.org/newyork/