US is trying to stop mass shootings. How about other gun crimes?

August 10, 2022|HARTFORD, CONN.

For Janet Rice, the Sheldon Oaks Apartments in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, hold a lot of memories. This is where her son Shane took his first steps. It is also where, almost two decades later, he took his last steps.

In October of 2012, Shane Oliver had just started a small business fixing up and reselling used cars. He’d gone back to the Sheldon Oaks with his girlfriend to pick up the remaining balance on a sale. A fight broke out. Mr. Oliver, then 20 years old, was shot and killed.

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New Haven nears creation of anti-violence office

NEW HAVEN — Connecticut Against Gun Violence has come to the final stage of the process to create the Office of Violence Prevention for the city, aiming for a blueprint by the end of this month.

The organization’s Executive Director Jeremy Stein said the plan for the new office features long term strategies that may not be able to be accomplished based on the current funding, but hopes federal and state resources will come into play.

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Coalition urges lawmakers to open state Gun Violence Prevention Office

Survivors of gun violence and those working in the community to stop its spread gathered at the Capitol Monday to urge legislators to create and fund an Office of Gun Violence Prevention and to declare gun violence a public health crisis.

Gun homicides hit a 25-year high in Connecticut last year, mirroring national trends. The victims were disproportionately people of color. Of the 118 people who died in a gun-related homicide in 2021, 65% were Black, Jeremy Stein, the executive director of CT Against Gun Violence, said at the rally.

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