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Proven strategies prevent violence -- Anthony B. Cooper

Proven strategies prevent violence -- Anthony B. Cooper

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Madison has suffered another unspeakable tragedy with the killing of 11-year-old Anisa Scott. We join cities across America in dealing with the horrors of chronic community gun violence. We must do what works to prevent community gun violence by implementing evidence-based, community-informed strategies used around the country to reduce levels of gun violence.

The Focused Interruption Coalition is ready to lead the way in implementing effective strategies by collaborating with local government, businesses, social services and grassroots organizations -- but we need help. Our $250,000 budget is simply not enough to have much impact, even with our dedicated team of part-time staff who respond to incidents of gun violence 24/7 and provide a range of other services.

Moreover, the nonprofit sector alone cannot hope to solve this problem -- it takes executive leadership, coordination and funding from local government to have the greatest impact, assisted by local businesses.

Strategies can work to prevent community gun violence, from focused deterrence to tailored cognitive behavioral therapy and street outreach programs for those at highest risk of gun violence victimization and perpetration. To learn more about what works to prevent community gun violence in the United States, read the book “Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence -- and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets” by Thomas Abt. Be prepared to set aside your political ideologies -- progressive or conservative -- and focus solely on doing what works to save lives while minimizing incarceration.

We know who is at highest risk. We know what works to keep people safe. Ask our leaders to implement these strategies. Now.

Anthony B. Cooper Sr., Madison, CEO, Focused Interruption Coalition

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