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Newark Activists Host Toy Gun Exchange

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A New Jersey anti-violence group is conducting its own kind of weapons buy-back — this one aimed at children.

Newark-based group Stop Shootin' Inc. is holding a toy gun exchange program on Monday. They're asking children to bring in their toy guns, water pistols or cap guns and exchange them for a positive toy or a book.

Newark City Councilman Ras Baraka says more children and teenagers die each year from gunfire than from cancer, the flu, HIV/AIDS or other causes combined.

The toy gun exchange will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Mildred Helms Park in Newark.

Newark has seen one of its most violent summers in a decade. And Stop Shootin' says ending the cycle of violence must start with the young.

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