Interrupt violence before it happens

While recently reading an article about a civic organization called CeaseFireChicago, I was encouraged to learn about a new model for combating violence. 

CeaseFireChicago has hired more than 350 street-savvy ex-offenders as “violence interrupters.” These individuals are successfully reducing gun-related deaths by preventing violence before it happens. When they hear of violence somewhere in the city, the “interruptors” travel there to prevent retaliation. The article quotes CeaseFire founder Dr. Gary Slutkin as saying, “We have to first stop the thought that violence is an appropriate response. Then we have a chance to help people change their behavior” (

In the Christian Science Bible Lesson
A cup of salvation
January 2, 2012

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