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Protecting Children From Becoming Victims Of Violent Crime

Elle Moxley

Since October, four children have died in drive-by shootings in Kansas City. What's going on, and what are the first steps we can take to work against this trend? A physician, a criminologist, and a mother weigh in. Race, opportunity in life, gun safety and witness protection play into the discussion. 

"When they took my son's life," says Roslyn Temple, "That's the worst thing they could have ever done to me. ... That was my child."


  • Andrew Fox, professor of criminology and criminal justice, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Roslyn Temple, executive director, Mothers In Charge
  • Denise Dowd, emergency room doctor, Children's Mercy Hospital


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