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Dismayed By Increase in Gun Violence in Germantown

I recently read your article about the police-involved shooting that occurred on November 11, 2018, and something about it really struck me. I grew up in Germantown and left for college in August and I am now afraid to visit my home. Why? Gun violence in Germantown. In recent months, I have seen a definite increase in your publication's coverage of shootings in Germantown. Guns are everywhere. American citizens now own 40 per cent of all guns in the world - more than the next 25 top-ranked gun ownership countries combined. Can we be surprised that more firearms lead to more gun-related to deaths? I'm saddened to see how this gun violence has changed my community, the place I still call home. People want to believe that our community is safe place to live and raise a family, but the times have changed. We need to go beyond the individual and see the bigger picture issue. To break this pattern of increased gun violence, we need to make a definite change in the community and reach out to our local government officials.

Ella Bogren,

Germantown, MD

Editor’s Note: There are two separate anti-violence events planned in Germantown in the coming weeks which address the increase in gun violence among the community. The first is the STOP THE VIOLENCE event to take place this Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Germantown Public Library, 19840 Century Blvd. at 7:00 pm.

The second is Marching For Our Lives – Anti-Violence March and Rally to take place at Plum Gar Community Center, 19561 Scenery Drive in Germantown on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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