NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says places that want to reduce gun violence might want to emulate the Big Apple.
Bloomberg met Thursday with the parents of Hadiya Pendleton. The 15-year-old Chicago girl was killed in an apparent case of mistaken identity days after performing at President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. The men charged in her death are ages 19 and 20.
A 2011 survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 2.3 percent of high school students in New York City reported having carried a gun at least once in the past 30 days.
That rate was far below the national average of 5.1 percent.
Bloomberg says strong penalties for illegal gun possession and proactive policing make youths reluctant to carry guns.
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