CBS news in Cleveland opened a segment with a question popularized by LIPSTICK: Where did the gun come from? The news station reproduced LIPSTICK’s coverage in People Magazine’s October issue. Read an excerpt, below:
A new approach to reduce gun violence is getting resultsand People Magazine has the story in a Special Edition with Ellen DeGeneres on newsstands now. Operation LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing) stops women from straw purchasing guns for felons, juveniles, and other people who can’t buy guns legally. Straw purchasing by women is a major source (http://operationlipstick.org/operation-lipstick/) of guns used in homicides and other violent crimes in cities throughout the country.
Every day, women are exploited to move guns into the hands of drug dealers, convicted felons, gang-involved youth, domestic abusers, and more. Men who cannot pass a criminal background check often turn to women to buy guns for them in what’s known as a “straw purchase.”
LIPSTICK keeps guns out of the wrong hands and youth out of the criminal justice system. LIPSTICK has been credited with a 33% reduction in gun crimes by women and girls in Boston.
The non-profit has chapters in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. The organization is now raising money through crowdfunding to expand to more cities.
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