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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?

#078 Precious Lives: Seeking Distance

Photo courtesy of Beverley Moore
Beverley Moore and her youngest children are relishing the peace of their summer.

Beverley Moore grew up amid gun violence in the inner city. When she became a mom, she made the decision to move to the suburbs because she worried about her son's safety.

For the most part, Beverley has found what she was looking for: a sense of peace and relaxation.

But even now, guns are a fairly ubiquitous part of her life. Her friends have lost loved ones, her ex-husband’s job keeps him in close proximity to violence, and the families she works with in the foster care system are often impacted by gun violence.

Beverley recognizes that we’re all touched by gun violence, even when we try to seek distance from it.

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