Road to Change Brought Town Hall on Gun Violence to Denver

Road to Change Brought Town Hall on Gun Violence to Denver

Colorado sometimes feels like ground zero for gun violence. First came Columbine; thirteen years later, it was the Century 16 theater shooting. But while these and other national tragedies still make headlines, what’s missing from the news are the single deaths caused by gunfire in so many American neighborhoods, including those of east Denver. On July 13, activists fighting to stop gun violence gathered at Shorter AME Community Church for a town hall, one stop among many on the Road to Change /March for Our Lives nationwide tour. While focusing on the horrific school shootings that happen all too often across the country, the panel also spoke about the disproportionate amount of gun violence that people of color face, and said they hope that these deaths will get just as much attention as the deaths resulting from mass shootings. Charlie Jones, a recent graduate of Manual High School and one of the event’s local panelists, pointed out that the eastern region of Denver is often talked about as one of the most dangerous areas in the city. This dehumanizes the victims of gun violence there, he noted, since it makes violent deaths seem inevitable. Jones said he wants to push back against this generalization, so that deaths in the inner city become just as tragic and important to Americans. "In this country, you expect black people to kill black people. You expect violence to happen in so-called ‘inner- city’ areas. But you don’t hear about the fantastic art that’s […]

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