The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a group that took on smoking, obesity, and traffic fatalities, is now taking on gun violence.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — According to the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey, there are just under 400 million guns in circulation in America. Many of the crimes associated with guns are often captured on cell phones and surveillance cameras.
That was the case in September during a shootout at a house party on Killam Avenue in Norfolk.Cameras captured the booming sounds of a barrage of gunfire that involved at least one rifle. According to his death certificate, a rifle was used to kill 24-year-old Zabre Miller.
Months later, on what would have been Miller’s 25th birthday, his mother, Alkivette Cooper, reflected on the Killam Ave violence that killed her son and a student from Norfolk State University.
“It’s mind-boggling that kids are walking around with rifles. I don’t know what to think but I know that something needs to change,” said Cooper.