For the past two years, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has partnered with other media organizations on Precious Lives, a wide-ranging effort that examined the causes and consequences of gun violence on Milwaukee youth.
Federal law requires licensed dealers to subject buyers of handguns, shotguns and rifles to a background check before a sale is made.
Instructor: ‘Laws are for people that follow laws. Why should we make people who already follow laws follow more laws?’
18 states require checks in private sales; the NRA counters that such measures ‘cost law-abiding gun owners time, money, and freedom’
Wisconsin is part of a growing nationwide movement to adopt trauma-informed care, an approach that helps people identify and overcome negative childhood experiences. The approach is being used to improve mental health, provide social services and address a wide range of criminal justice problems.
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Mary Triggiano uses a trauma-informed approach when working with adult defendants and juvenile offenders.
Studies show that adults with high ACE (adverse childhood experience) scores are more likely to suffer from poor mental and physical health, unemployment and substance abuse problems. Find out your ACE score with this questionnaire.
Critics charge that a trauma-informed care approach led to security breakdowns at Wisconsin’s two juvenile prisons; advocates say both facilities failed to fully implement the program
Gun violence costs Wisconsinites billions of dollars a year. Taxpayers pay for most of it in medical bills and incarceration costs. Victims suffer lost wages and trauma that can have long-lasting effects. Communities pay through lowered property values and higher police costs.
Guns and teens can be a lethal mix. Immaturity and impulsiveness, combined with weapons that can kill with the squeeze of a trigger, have caused death and devastating injuries to Wisconsin children and adults.
Wisconsin gun laws prohibit children from possessing firearms, with few exceptions.
On this week’s episode of Precious Lives, a two-year project examining gun violence among young people in the Milwaukee area and statewide, reporters Kate Golden and Sean Kirkby visit the Madison area’s Allied Drive Boys and Girls Club to ask children what they know about guns. The reporters found that nearly all of the young people they talked to had some level of experience with guns.