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Research group head, Ky. native says gun violence incidence in state twice as high as New York City

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky tops New York City when it comes to gun fatalities, according to Mark Bryant, a Harlan County native and Lexington resident who leads the Gun Violence Archive. Formed in 2013, the research group compiles gun death information from thousands of sources around the country. Bryant said no one had been keeping accurate statistics on gun deaths. Nearly 64%...

Harvard’s Institute of Politics releases its poll on what young Americans thinks about politics, public service

The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School has released new findings from the Harvard IOP Youth Poll. For nearly twenty years, the Harvard Public Opinion Project has provided the most comprehensive look at the political opinions, voting trends, and views on public service held by young Americans. The latest Harvard IOP Youth Poll indicates young voters between 18 and 29 years old are...

EKU student Stephen Jones overcomes gun violence, football injuries to succeed in classroom

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When...

Jeanine Grant Lister: It’s time to pay attention, ask young people what they think of gun violence

In light of the tragic shootings at Marshall County High School in Benton, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it seems that everyone is tut-tutting and wagging their heads over the tragedies. The WHY of these incidents has gotten me to thinking about how to create change. We need to find out why kids…and adults, too…think that a gun is any solution to a problem....

Bill Straub: Prayer is powerful, good and comforting, but actions are required to stop gun violence

WASHINGTON – It is becoming quite apparent that St. Matt the Divine has little or no interest in serving as the governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. No, what Gov. Bevin really aspires to do is serve as prayer leader of a 4.4 million-member congregation that, collectively, will chant all of the Bluegrass State’s worldly cares away. Mad Matt was at it once again this week at the 52nd Annual...

Lafayette High School students spread pointed message about gun violence in wake of friend’s death

Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When Lafayette sophomore Trinity Gay died last fall, many of her friends could not find the words to express their grief and their outrage at senseless gun violence. However, three of them have since found their voice in spreading a pointed message across Lexington and beyond. “‘Reach for your dreams – not for a gun. Shoot for the stars – not people.’ It’s...

Bill Straub: Despite plaintive cries of victims’ families, all’s quiet on the gun control front

  Remember the great Ebola scare of 2014? Thousands of normally sane people were terrified by the prospect of the dreaded disease penetrating American shores. They demanded that the Centers for Disease Control and any number of other governmental agencies do something – anything – to halt the spread of this unholy plague.   After a reasonable amount of time, say another week or...

Bill Straub: Despite plaintive cries of victims' families, all's quiet on the gun control front

  Remember the great Ebola scare of 2014? Thousands of normally sane people were terrified by the prospect of the dreaded disease penetrating American shores. They demanded that the Centers for Disease Control and any number of other governmental agencies do something – anything – to halt the spread of this unholy plague.   After a reasonable amount of time, say another week or...