‘It could be your child’: 5 mothers voice grief of losing child to gun violence
A local organization called “Silent Women Speaking” has brought mothers together who have lost a child to gun violence. Several moms from the organization sat down with News4JAX to talk about how their lives will never be the same.
Advocacy group supports those affected by gun violence at vigil for ‘National Gun Violence Survivors Week’
One anti-gun violence group came together to show support for those affected by gun violence and to bring awareness to the growing problem in Jacksonville for National Gun Violence Survivors Week.
The clock is ticking for police in deadly drive-by shooting that took 13-year-old’s life, injured driver
Someone is responsible for a drive-by shooting that killed 13-year-old Prince Holland. Criminal attorney Lee Lockett says every day that passes without information - the community grows sadder and sometimes – quieter.
Sen. Scott defends vote against bipartisan gun bill after signing similar policy as Florida’s governor
The first major legislation on gun safety sailed through congress and was sent to President Joe Biden on the day marking one month since the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Jax By Jax Literary Arts Festival | River City Live
The Jax by Jax Literary Festival returns to an in person setting after last year’s virtual presentations. The event focuses on writers of all genres presenting poems, stories and more on this year’s theme Gun Violence. The event expands some to include a dramatic reading of event founder Tim Gilmore’s play “Repossessions: Mass Shooting in Baymeadows” on Friday night. Workshops begin at 10am Saturday at Jessie Ball Dupont Center. As well as literary art, attendees can take in the visual creations of local artist Overstreet Ducasse inside the Corner Gallery curated by Shawanna Brooks. Rance spoke with Tim and current co-coordinator Brad Kuhn about this weekend’s event.
Event aims to restore peace in community, honor lives lost to gun violence
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An event took place Saturday that aimed to help restore peace in the community while honoring lives lost to gun violence. Families of Maurice Hobbs and DJ Broadus helped organize and attended the gathering. She said it’s important to come together to realize everyone in the community has a responsibility to bring peace to their neighborhoods. “There should be a murder charge, not a tampering with evidence charge,” Dominic Broadus said. Dominic Broadus is asking supporters to come to sentencing in Baker County that starts at 9 a.m. Monday.
Violent crime persists in Jacksonville despite coronavirus pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Violent crime continues in Jacksonville amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why Jo-Lee Manning, executive director of the Justice Coalition, said she’s not surprised by the violent crime numbers. The Justice Coalition, a nonprofit organization, helps families impacted by crime by offering moral support and helping them navigate the court system. “So you’re just another person on the end of the phone.”The Justice Coalition is not the only anti-violence group dealing with this challenge. To learn more about the Justice Coalition, or to donate, click here.
Gun safety bill stalls in Florida Legislature
It would also strengthen laws governing gun storage and introduce new requirements for private sales. “We need four Republican votes would be my guess in the Senate to pass a bill and it would shock me if we don’t have four Republican votes for common sense gun safety,” Lee said last month. And as session reached its midpoint, Senate President Bill Galvano signaled the measure still had many obstacles to overcome. “Anytime a bill’s sponsor is pessimistic about passage of a massive gun control bill it’s a good thing," former NRA President Marion Hammer said. We continue to watch, we continue to work and we continue to fight.”Even if the bill were to pass the Senate, convincing the House and the Governor would likely be a daunting task.