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A local author tackles a controversial subject in her new book for young readers; we interviewed her

RITA A. LEONARD - Sellwood author Michelle McCann has just published a book addressing teens on the issue of gun control and safety. Sellwood children's book writer and editor Michelle McCann has published several informative books for teens over the past few years. Her latest book, "Enough is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety", [Beyond Words Publishing, 2019, 320 pages], arose from her personal desire to inform her own teens on the topic. She tells THE BEE she has been researching gun safety issues for six years.

The new book features a Foreword by Shannon Watts, founder of an organization called "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America". The book is a call to action for teens who want to get involved in the issue of gun violence prevention and safety.

"Enough is Enough" examines national gun violence issues, providing a road map for teens ready to advocate for change. It offers perspectives from both sides of the issue, including gun owners who strongly believe in the right to own a gun, but believe ownership involves much responsibility as well.

Readers will learn about the history of the Second Amendment of the Constitution, and America's apparent fascination with guns; the influence of advocacy groups and lobbyists, current gun control models in Europe and Australia, and current gun control legislation in some U.S. States. It also asserts that gun violence uniquely impacts women, communities of color, and LGBTQ people.

Among the statistics McCann cites are that last year 1,297 American children were killed by gunfire, and 5,790 more were injured. Gun violence is the #3 killer of young people, she says – behind only illness and car accidents.

The 15-year-old illustrator of her book, who also designed the T-shirt that McCann wears, and who declined to be identified by name, lives in Southeast Portland. In Inner Southeast, Westmoreland's Wallace Books will be among the booksellers carrying the tome, and McCann will hold an author event there in November before heading out on a national speaking tour in the spring.


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