KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The shooting of a five-year-old boy in Kansas City has prompted gun violence activists to speak out against having guns in the home.
Some moms in Kansas City are fed up with the violence and want other mothers to join them in their effort to get guns out of homes.
This group of women called Mothers in Charge, determined to take back their neighborhood from gun violence, gathered for a rally at 59th and Blue Hills Road on Wednesday. They were canvasing the Blue Hills neighborhood, passing out fliers, their effort sparked by an incident that happened two-and-a-half weeks ago.
"We are rallying around that situation what happened to that 5-year-old child. He was shot in his own apartment," said Rosilyn Temple, with Mothers in Charge.
July 15, in the Charter Landing Apartments, police say 22-year-old Delaney Singleton was clearing his gun when it went off. The bullet fired through an interior door, into a bedroom, and hit the child in the back. Luckily, the boy survived.
"That one bullet that shot the child, that could have been a homicide,” said Temple.
Temple knows what it feels like to lose a child that way. She says Thanksgiving Eve 2011, she found her son, Antonio Thompson, murdered in his home.
"He was shot. Someone went into my son's apartment and took his life,” she said.
She and other mothers who know that pain have formed the group, Mothers in Charge, to help stop the violence.
"We will always grieve but I just found a place in my life where I chose to live and go on. Take a stand here in Kansas City to make a difference,” said Temple. "We want peace. We want guns out of the home; we want people to take a stand no more. Enough is enough."
While police officers take care of what happens in the streets, Mothers in Charge are hitting the streets to urge parents to police their homes for guns and get them out.
"I have a younger son at home, I check under his bed, his closet; I go in every room in my home. I look under mattresses. No room in my home is private,” said Temple.
Delaney Singleton, the man accused of shooting the five-year-old boy, has been charged with second degree assault.
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