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January 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Myrtle Beach mothers march against gun violence

Elizabeth Bowens, president of Mothers Against Violence, throws her peace sign up in the MLK Day parade.

MYRTLE BEACH — This  resort town’s main drag is lined with pastel motels, amusement parks and kitschy pirate-ship-themed  restaurants. In the largely tourist-free winter months, Myrtle Beach seems sleepy and harmless, if just a little kooky. Gun violence is certainly not what comes to mind to passing visitors. But the truth is that it’s shockingly rampant.

In fact, while Will and I watched the Republican candidates duke it out at the Convention Center, two men were shot in an attempted robbery less than ten minutes away.

A few years ago, Julia Brantley Malina’s brother was killed on his way home. An acquaintance offered him a ride and then shot him for the paycheck in his pocket. Malina’s brother never made it home to his wife and two young children.

In 2006, Barbara Hytower’s daughter, Jamilah, and her roommate, Monica Wall, were killed in their apartment. Jamilah had fallen in with a bad crowd and started dealing in drugs. According to The Sun News, the men broke in hoping to steal her stock, but shot Jamilah.

Malina explained that most of these crimes are committed by young people, and often the victim and perpetrator know each other. Disputes over drugs and robberies are exacerbated by prevalent gun ownership.

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