Organizations look for answers on reducing gun violence in Flint

FLINT (WJRT) (5/13/2019) – There’s a call to action to build a safer future for one major mid-Michigan city.

Several organizers are working tonight to reduce gun violence in Flint.

They are looking at ways the community can take steps forward to stop another senseless death.

“So, it is almost like the norm, which isn’t okay,” Jennifer Johnson said.

Flint native Johnson says she was numb to gun violence.

Johnson lost several members of her family and friends because someone decided to end their life.

“At least 25, I’ve had cousin’s murdered Flint and friends,” Johnson said.

Johnson and many others know this is happening to many other families around the city.

When Tim Abdul-Matin was younger, he turned to a gun to answer his problems.

“I don’t really have to. I did it as that is what I needed to do to survive,” Abdul-Matin said.

Abdul-Matin has served his time and says he has changed.

Now, he and other local organizations partnered with a national tour and spoke to a crowd inside Saint Michaels.

“People are dying today. We need to do something today,” Igor Volsky said.

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