Spend a little time on the US Census Bureau website and you'll find that, statistically speaking, the population of Evanston, Illinois, is quite similar to the overall population of the United States of America.
Aside from Evanston's higher-than-average population density, this suburb north of Chicago reflects the racial and socioeconomic makeup of our nation -- which is why the recent murder of fourteen-year-old high school freshman Dajae Coleman is so important.
Dajae Coleman came from a good family...wasn't involved in drugs or gangs...valued education...respected others...believed in himself. But when a 20-year-old man allegedly shot Coleman in a case of mistaken identity, even the town's higher-than-average educational levels couldn't prevent a tragic end to such a promising young life.
How can we Stop The Violence In Evanston...and beyond?
And, ask almost any kid in America, even those with the shoot-em-out videogames, and they'll give it to you straight.
We need to get the guns off our streets.