Community leaders rally to end New Year's Eve gunfire

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - For the 18th straight year, Reverend Nicholas Hood III, has brought together individuals and organizations in an attempt to stop people from shooting guns on New Year’s Eve. What has become a tradition in many neighborhoods was responsible for killing a Detroit Grandmother, Sandra Latham, as she was struck by a stray bullet while sitting in her dining room.

“Ring in the New Year with a Bell not a Bang” Campaign will officially kick off, on December 30th, encouraging Detroiters and Wayne County residents of the dangerous consequences of using guns during New Year’s Eve celebrations. “I am thrilled at the growing support that this campaign has received over the years”, says Reverend Hood. “I am also happy to announce that no one has been killed by stray gunfire in the 18 years of this effort, on New Year’s Eve.”

The community, made up of residents, law enforcement, religious leaders and corporate partners will come together for this annual press conference, to send a significant and united gun safety message.

“Overall incidents caused by the dangerous tradition of shooting guns at 12 midnight on New Year’s Eve are down,” said Rev. Hood. “I believe our campaign works. The support from our citizens gets bigger each year because all of us want to end gun violence. Over the years, we have seen fewer and fewer injuries between the hours of midnight and two o’clock a.m.”

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