Parents, city leaders gather in Downtown Detroit for rally to end gun violence

City leaders speak out against gun violence in Detroit

DETROIT – Parents and Detroit city leaders joined together Thursday morning to call for an end to gun violence.

A number of speakers, from Detroit City Council members to survivors of gun violence to people who lost loved ones to gun violence, stood together to promote their message: "Stop the violence."

"We are standing here today to issue a call to action to all of our young people to say, 'Stop the violence,'" City Council member Mary Sheffield said.

Sheffield spearheaded the rally to bring more awareness to the problem of gun violence.

"The leading cause of death for African-American males between the ages of 15 and 34 is homicide with a firearm," Sheffield said. "Every time a young person is murdered by a gun, our nation's future strength and growth is jeopardized."

Members from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America also spoke at the rally.

"We are Americans demanding common-sense solutions to the gun violence that injures our children, families and communities," said Lindsay Warren, of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

How can gun violence in Detroit be stopped? Deputy police Chief Todd Bettison said while there's no definite answer to the problem, "We have to utilize technology and we have to be innovative."

Minister Barbara Collins said it takes an entire community coming together to make a difference.

"It's not about who you are, it's about your action and what you're doing, and we all can do something today," Collins said. "You see a drug dealer, speak up. It's not about snitching, it's about saving young people today."

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