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Children under fire : an American crisis / John Woodrow Cox.

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Detroit Lakes Public Library 371.782 COX (Text) 33500013372198 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062883933
  • ISBN: 0062883933
  • ISBN: 9780062883940
  • ISBN: 0062883941
  • Physical Description: 328 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York City : Ecco, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"Based on the acclaimed series-a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize-an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation's children, and a call to action for a new way forward. In 2017, seven-year-old Ava in South Carolina wrote a letter to Tyshaun, an eight-year-old boy from Washington, DC. She asked him to be her pen pal; Ava thought they could help each other. The kids had a tragic connection-both were traumatized by gun violence. Ava's best friend had been killed in a campus shooting at her elementary school, and Tyshaun's father had been shot to death outside of the boy's elementary school. Ava's and Tyshaun's stories are extraordinary, but not unique. In the past decade, 15,000 children have been killed from gunfire, though that number does not account for the kids who weren't shot and aren't considered victims but have nevertheless been irreparably harmed by gun violence. In Children Under Fire, John Woodrow Cox investigates the effectiveness of gun safety reforms as well as efforts to manage children's trauma in the wake of neighborhood shootings and campus massacres, from Columbine to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Through deep reporting, Cox addresses how we can effect change now, and help children like Ava and Tyshaun. He explores their stories and more, including a couple in South Carolina whose eleven-year-old son shot himself, a Republican politician fighting for gun safety laws, and the charlatans infiltrating the school safety business. In a moment when the country is desperate to better understand and address gun violence, Children Under Fire offers a way to do just that, weaving wrenching personal stories into a critical call for the United States to embrace practical reforms that would save thousands of young lives"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #1
    Conversations about guns in America often focus on the headline-grabbing cases of mass shootings at schools or group events, but the impact of gun violence reaches far beyond the lives lost in such tragedies. Children Under Fire illustrates the devastating, long-term effects of gun violence on children who lose loved ones. Washington Post reporter Cox dutifully shares gun-control statistics that have become wearily familiar, but he also zooms in to examine the personal impact of gun violence on a few specific kids. By some measures, the traumas suffered by the children Cox profiles are fairly (and horrifyingly) mundane, the kind of small-scale gun violence that doesn't get national headlines. Yet children like Ava and Tyshaun will be grappling with the emotional fallout for the rest of their lives, and their experiences are mirrored by hundreds of thousands of other kids across the country. Children Under Fire is a difficult but important book, refusing to allow its readers to look away from the true human cost of America's continued failure to protect its children from gun violence. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: School violence > United States > Prevention.
Firearms > Law and legislation > United States.
Schools > United States > Safety measures.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society.
EDUCATION / Violence & Harassment.

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