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GCC Calls for Action as Cuyahoga County Gun Deaths Reaches 52

GCC Calls for Action as Cuyahoga County Gun Deaths Reaches 52

Friday, June 20, 2014
The Plain Dealer

 

A total of 52 deaths have been attributed to firearms in the first five months of 2014 – 33 homicides, 19 suicides. The victims – 47 males, five females – range in age from 5 to 97. They lived in 21 of Cuyahoga County's 59 municipalities – from Beachwood on the east side to Lakewood on the west side.

No community, and no one, is immune. It is not an urban issue. It is not a race issue. It is not a class issue. It demands a collaborative response from law enforcement, politicians, educators, faith leaders, gun manufacturers, gun dealers and gun owners.

Greater Cleveland Congregations -- a nonpartisan coalition of religious institutions -- met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, the Cleveland police department and other agencies.

The religious delegation asked law enforcement officials for a coordinated and consistent investigation and prosecution of those who violate gun laws.

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