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How Everyone Can Help Reduce Gun Violence

Davenport NAACP

When a Davenport man heard that the number of "shots fired" incidents this year in the city have already surpassed all of last year, he waited-- hoping some organization or church would stand up and address the problem. When they didn't, he decided to take action himself.

Daniel Teague is an Elder with Grace City Church in Moline and the Religious Affairs Chair for the Davenport NAACP. And he's urging everyone in the Quad Cities to put their "boots on the ground" and try to help reduce gun violence.
Teague doesn't know the reasons behind the recent "shots fired" incidents in Davenport, Bettendorf, and Moline. But, he does know making assumptions is dangerous.

He says it's important to build relationships within the community and discuss issues.

He says it's important to ask young people in the community why they're upset or mad, and what's really going on in their lives. And that's the first step toward figuring out why there's been an increase in gun violence.

Tomorrow, he'll ask community members to voice their concerns and ideas, at the first "Boots on the Ground" meeting. It begins at 7 pm, at United Neighbors in Davenport.