country off. >> one mayor is taking a stand. >> noeason for anybody to die. none. >> call for gun reform in cancel city in a s state thas seen more relaxed gun laws and more deaths. >> your face lights up when you talk about it. >> and after the loss of her son one mother on a mission for change. these women are embracing hashtag black love. why single black women living in new york city are having a tougher tim finding mr. right. what if you could keep your pet forever? >> he's got the same white paws. he's got the same -- >> nose. >> sort of. how pet cloning is quickly becoming big business.
number 1 in just 60 seconds. good evening. thank you for joining us. tonight, the great gun debate. a tale of two cities determining to save young lives. in kansas city, missouri a mayor fighting for stricter gun laws. and in oakland, california operation cease-fire. how this is fueling conversation and becoming a reality no one can ignore. >> pisss me off. and it should. it should piss everybody in this country off. there's no reason for a lot of these people to die. none. why do we accept it in. >> reporr: kansas city mayor sly james is a man on a mission. desperate to decrease the number
>> it's obscene. >> reporter: and in his city 2016 is not off t a promising start. >> we had four, five murders in the first four days, five days. >> of this year. >> of this year. >> reporter: the debate over whether or not stricteter gun laws save lives is no more clear than here in missouri. in the past decade missouri has relaxed their gun lawsand in that same time span gun deaths have increased 16%. mayor james has had enough. >> too many people die, and they don't have to. and somebody needs to say that, and somebody needsds to care prrpt the debate over how to protect americans from guns while still protecting the right to bear arms is a major issue on the campaiaign trl. >> and i will continue to take on the gun lobby. the second amendment is so they're not going to take your guns away, folks. >>eporter: this week the president issuing his own executive actions for gun control. and becoming emotional when recalling the victims of mass newtown.
those kids it gets me ma >> reporter:r: mayorly james has innocent child killed. >> i went to the scene of a 3-year-old who had gotten killed in a drive-b-by shooti while he slept in his bed. >> reporter: and on the streets the calls for the police to respond to gun violence come all too frequent. >> shots fired calls. that comes to about 16 a day. >> reporter: 16 a day? >> that's what it averages out to, yes. >> reporter: that seems like a lot for a city like kansas city. a realityhat the preside could not ignore. >> meanwhile, since missouri repealed a law requiring comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, gun deaths have increased to an almost 50% higher than the national average. >> what was your sense when in the president's remarks the other day you mentioned your city by name? >> we always like to have our city mentioned by the president but not necessarily in that light. we have an issue here with gun violencece.
limit the sale and proliferation of guns. >> reporter: lifelong kansas city resident ralind temple knows all too well the pain caused by gun violence in this cityty. in november 2011 her 26ear-old son antonio thompson was shot dead in his own home. >> your face lights up when you talk about him. >> it does. he used to always make me laugh. he was always byy his mother. he was one of the mama boys. >> reporter: the homicide rate is so high here that mothers of together. >> we call on 60 mothers weekly to check on families to see how they'redoing. >> my main focus this week is to get them to come into our human support. >> reporter: rosalind leads a group called mothers in charge. >> let me know if anything we can do, come out and call. >> reporter: a group of individuals who provide support violence. community. we fight back.
>> reporter: you okay? >> yeah. i'm okay. >> reporter: it's hard still. >> it's hard. >> reporter: rosalind actually keeps a hotline fwoenerphone with her at all times. the calls comee in 24/7. >> every time my phone rings once a homicide occur, the murder squad, they call me and i meet them out there. because if it's not no one there, i'm there for that loved one. >> reporter: how wld you describe the pace of the killings here now? >> they've been fast. >> reporter: missouri as you know has some of the most lax gun laws in the country. what's that mean here in kansas city for you and your organization, the families you work with? >> whe that law changed last year, it devastated me and mothers and families in this community. >> reporter: nearly 2,000 miles away in californiaia, a state with far stricter gun laws than missouri, gun deaths have decreased slightly since the introduction of stricter laws in 2013. but gun laws only goo far.
still ravaged some of its toughest neighborhoods, residents tell us. >> how old was he? he was a young cat, right? >> yeah. the guy who died last week was 17. >> reporter: to combat growing crime in 2012 oaklaland implemented "opoperation cease-fire," a coation formed by groups in the community, lol government and clergy. led by pastors mike and ben mcbride. >> so here we're spending a lot of our work here in the bay area, particularly here in oakland oakland, building relationships with those who are highest at risk to commit acts of violence, providing them service and on-ramps to change their lives. we find they are actually able to stop shooting and see their lives transfmed. >> reporter: they view their work with the utmost urgency. >> this is an act of survival for us. this isn't an act of charity. this is an act of altruism. we do this every day because we know if we don't our own lives may very well be at risk and certainly the lives of our children. >> reporter: they lead what's
oakland, engaging personally on the ground with at-risk youth. >> we're walking these neighborhoods, trying to really see, you know, who are folks that are actually hanging out in sosome of thspaces that we can connect with. it's the consistency of showing up in the same places, building the relationships. >> reporter: as a result of this strategy, oakland has seen a 20% decrease in homicides. it's a program that has worked for 27-year-old clarence ford. a mentee of michael mcbride's for the last decade. i try to lead by example. and like let people know that, you know, change is possible. i had my hardships. it was difficult. but it's possible. [ applause ] >> reporter: tonight, president obama is back at it, headlining cnn's "guns in america" town hall. >> there's nothing else iour lives thatat we purchase where we don't try to make it a little safer if we can. >> reporter: and in the audience families who have lost loved
>> the bottom line is is that it doesn't matter what the reason, it doesn't matter what the color. it doesn't matter what the economic, socioeconomic status is, there's too many peopl dying in this country at the end of a gun and there's too little being done to change it. >> reporter: the mayor did admit to us there is still no easy answer. next, could race be a factor for women looking for love? and later, you never want to have to part with youret. so if you could, would you clone your furry friend?get hungry just thinking about 'em. and at red lobster's big festival of avors you can savor 2 of 7 new and classic creations on one plate for $15.99. like delicious new maple-and-bacon grilled shrimp, because c'mon, what doesn't bacon go with? get a little kick with these new ghost pepper bbq grilled shrimp. because if you like it spicy, garlicky, or cheesy, trust me you'll like this.
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finding mr. or mrs. right is rarely easy. for anyone. tonight you're about to meet five young black women who are looking for love. what's keeping them from finding their prince charming? here's abc's linzie davis. >> this one is really nice. >> really? >> reporter: monae bell has gone to great lengths to find love and marriage. >> do you, monae bell, take vaughn copeland to be your husband? >> reporter: first on the fyi show "married at first sight." >> i do. >> yes. strangers are matched by experts and agree to g get married without laying eyes on their future spouse until the moment they walk down the aisle. >> you're harping on something insignificant right now. >> reporter: but for monae happily ever aer was short lived pf. >> if we're going to call each productive. >> that's not a name. that's a legitimate characteristic. >> how did that work out?
it didn't work out. >> reporter: monae and her husband vaughn copeland called it quits afterust five weeks. >> you got
my keys? >> got the keys. >> y havee almost 5,000 looks. >> reporter: since then monae has tried and failed at finding mr. righght. >> i feel like i deserve something better than what i've been getting from the men i'm dating. >> reporter: it's ann issue tt black women in particular have a lot to say about. >> it is verhard for black women to find love. in fact, just abo every black woman you ask that question will say that it's almost impossible. >> reporter: accorng to the census, black women are far less likely than their white counterparts to get mayorrried. >> people don't want to admit what the reality is. professional black women are not making it up. reporter: at 34 monet is still on a queuest for true love, this time on another reality
" #blacklove" is self-help meets "sex and the city." an inside look at the dating and ama of five single black women living in new york cicity. all attempting to discove what's keeping them from finding love. >> what i really want is a gentleman. >> reporter: relationship experts and therapists coach them along the way. >> as a woman of color sometimes we hear that black women are too strong in a relationship. >> i guess my question is why do you have to go tough training in order to date and get married? >> well, i'm
still single. so if i'm still sisingle, i need to look atyself and say monet, like what are you doing wrong? are you projecting something o out you that don't really wt to project? or what is it about me that's eitherurning men off or not getting men -- or not having -- not meeting a man who's in a space where he wants to commit? >> reporter: the show's title was born out of the overwhelming social media use of that hashtag during the first season of "married at first sight." as viewers rooted for the
brains, beauty, stable career. and she was also single. >> a lot of our white friends are married about 25, like happily married. kids by 27. and we're like what is the deal with the bgs? and that's the black girls. >> reporter: since then chateau has gotten married and has two kids. >> a lot of my black professional educated friends say that it's so hard to find love because the pool of black men is so small. >> reporter: 75% of blackck wom will eventually get married. and like with any race or gender, finding the right partner can take years. >> it's a social catastrophe that we're in the midst of with respect tolack men. imprisonment numbers, the unemployment numbers, underperformance academically. these are crises. >> reporter: stanford professor ralph richard banks found the statistics so troubling he wrote a book aboutut them called "is
>> black women have fought the good fight. they've engaged in a noble endeavor of trying to lif black men. that strategy hasn't really worked. >> i i really enjoyed this reporter: the idea of black women giving up on black menen only served to make some angry. >> there's no other ethnic group anywhere advocates annihilating their own race. >> reporter: but bank argues if you look at the numbers there's simply a shortage of eligible black men. >> black women are faced with a shortage o black male peers would do well to expand their options in the same way that people of other races have and to look beyond black men in their search for a partner. >> reporter: monet says she's open to dating outside her race. >> i just want lov and i just want to be happy. and if it comes with a black man, i think that would be amazing. but if it came in a differentnt -- somethg other than african-american i'd be okay with that as well. >> reporter: so the search goes
>> i am going out with this guy. we've been hanging out, dating for a couple of months now. >> le is good. >> i know. >> and i like him. i think he's a good guy. he's grounded. he's a gentleman. and he's handsome. >> i love these. >> reporter: in the man-time, she's making plans to freeze her eggs. >> the moment i made that decision was the moment it alleviated so much stress. >> reporter: and if she doesn't find true love, she's learning to be fine with that too. >> finally i'm coming to the place to realize that i'm okay and that i'm enoh and whomever this man i is if he doesn't like it i'm done, like i'm at a place where i'm tired. it's too much work. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm linzie davis in new york. and next, how man's best friend just became twice as loyal.
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finally tonight, how far would you go to bring back a pet? now, pet cloning is making it possible to go farther than ever before. and deved pet owners are not going to let a hefty price tag stand in their way. laura and richard have been waiting for this moment for months. >> oh, my god. it's just a miracle. it's just a miracle. >> reporter: the birth of their precious puppy. >> you can't see my big smile through the mask. >> reporter: but their bundle of joy isn't exactly brand new. >> it's got the same white paws. it's got the same -- >> nose the same white on his nose. >> and a patch on his chest.
laura and richard paid $100,000 to a sth korean biotech company to recreate dylan, their 8-year-old boxer who died of a brain tumor this summer. >> it was just an amazingng dog. it was so soft. you know, never in his life would he dream of even the slightest growl at anyone. >> reporter: the dna that made him was harvested 12 days after his donor died, making scientific history. >> we've been able t amass special knowledge,e, sort of personal know-how regarding the method and cloning of -- best cloning of a dog. >> reporter: pet cloning is becoming a big business the seoul scientists say they've cloned over 700 dogs with a 40% pregnancy success rate, the world's highest. about the process. pet." >> oh, look at how cute you are. >> reporter: for many grievg pet owners it's a way to connect with their furry loved ones side. >> he cannot have been happy
he looked very, very handsome. >> reporter: danielle tarantova told my "nightline" co-anchor dan harris that cloning her dog trouble was worth every penny. >> i couldn't believe it. it's amazing. everything is the same. everything. even his personality is the same. what trouble used to doe does. >> so his name's double trouble. >> yeah. first one's trouble. second one's double. >> reporter: but critics have major concerns. they say there are tons of other potential pets out there who are looking for homes. there are some who worry this could be a slippery slope to human cloning. plus for those people forking over major money there's no guarantee your cloned pet will have the same personality as your original pet. >> nature versus nurture. so genetics also plays an important role in it, but also the environment of it. there aree very cracteristics as well that are very similar to those of the original dono >> reporter: but laura and richard seem like perfectly ppy customers.
and just to get that piece of dylan, i mean, i'll basically be able to see dylan's face. and just having that part of him like a member of his family just means the wld to us. >> in this year of presidential politics we are reminded tonight about dogs. it was harry truman who said, "if you want a friend in washington, get a dog." thank you for watcng. america" first thing tomorrow. and as always, we're online 24/7. our "nightline" facebook page
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