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Stories about kids, guns and how to stop the violence. Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. The series applies a public health lens to each story to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that contributes to violence in Milwaukee?

#031 Precious Lives: What Young People Know About Guns

Kate Golden, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Youth at the Allied Drive Boys and Girls Club talk about their experiences with guns. From right to left: Monteara Jones, 13; Taquirria Smith, 12; and Taylor Marbley, 11.

In Wisconsin, lots of kids get early exposure to guns. At outdoor stores, you can get pint-size pink rifles to teach kids how to hunt. But sometimes kids get hold of guns illegally, usually from friends and family.

Sometimes they hurt themselves - or each other. Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reporters Kate Golden and Sean Kirkby walked through metal detectors of a Boys and Girls Club in the Allied Drive neighborhood, near Madison, to ask the kids what they know about guns.

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