“Now she’s a real life angel, but it was too soon…”

by Jeri Bonavia

Executive Director Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort

Little Laylah Petersen was just a five-year-old child, sitting on her grandfather’s lap in their living room, when a bullet pierced through their house and killed her.

I keep returning to her aunt’s cry for justice:

“She was somebody’s granddaughter, she was a niece, she was like an angel and now she’s [a] real life angel, but it was too soon.”

Sadly, here in Wisconsin, such gut-wrenching words are all too familiar. On average, 467 men, women, and children are killed with guns every year.

You and I both know Wisconsin can and must do better. WAVE’s recent forum on the latest gun violence prevention research only reinforces that fact.

The hard truth is this: We’re failing our kids, and nothing will change unless enough of us come together, take a stand and force it. So let’s force it.

Click here to sign our new petition to Madison.

At the forum, some of our nation’s foremost gun violence experts explained how Wisconsin can apply the solutions that have already proven to save lives in other states.

Here’s just one eye-opening example: Right now, violent people in Wisconsin, who have been convicted of crimes like assault and battery aren’t disqualified from buying a gun or obtaining a concealed carry permit. States that fixed this senseless loophole saved lives.

Wisconsin can do the same. But only if we move research-based recommendations like this from paper into practice — and that’s going to take all of us.

Spread the word and help us bring the strongest possible public demand for action to Madison.

Here’s the bottom line: The adults in Wisconsin can do better at protecting our children. And now we know how. Let’s make sure our elected leaders do, too.

Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund is Wisconsin’s only statewide grassroots organization solely dedicated to reducing gun violence, injuries and deaths. Through research, education and advocacy, WAVE raises awareness about firearm violence, provides up to date information to the public and to policy makers, and promotes commonsense gun violence prevention measures.

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