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Louisiana Public Square: “Youth & Guns”


Airs Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 6 p.m. Louisiana leads the country in the rate of young people murdered through gun violence. Black youth are 14 times more likely to die at the hands of a gun than white teens. Additionally, the state has the second highest rate of children, aged 17 and younger, who are unintentionally shot.

Why are Louisiana’s younger residents so vulnerable to gun violence? How does exposure to this violence affect their physical and mental well-being? What is the state doing to help confront the issue and where do gaps remain? Louisiana Public Square brings together stakeholders and decision makers to explore “Youth & Guns” Wednesday, July 24 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists will be:
Aishala Burgess, Executive Director of TRUCE
Jonathan Dunnam, Deputy Chief , Baton Rouge Police Department
D.A. Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish
Reggie Morgan, CEO of TBT Music Group

The program features interviews with Angelle Bradford, Louisiana Chapter of Moms Demand Action; Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul; Greg Phares, Chief Criminal Deputy East Feliciana Parish and firearms instructor, and Murray “Coach” Tate who lost his son, Jamison, to gun violence.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and LPB news anchor, Natasha Williams, host the show.