‘Stop the Violence’ march targets gun violence after local and national shootings

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Gun violence has recently been a countywide problem as mass shootings claim innocent lives.

Violent crime is also a concern in the capital, which is why several Montgomery residents gathered at Dalraida United Methodist Church for a “Stop the Violence” march on Saturday.

After raising their hands and praying for peace, participants walked through a nearby neighborhood waving signs and singing.

They believe community outreach is one of the best ways to shed light on the problem.

One of the participants was Julie Beard. She is president of the Community Association of Dalraida. Just this week, she saw a teenager in public with a gun.

“It is not necessary that a child, or a young man, at the age of 14, 15 years old cannot be more than 16 years old, walks around at five o’clock in the afternoon with a weapon on fire,” Beard said.

The resident said she asked the teenager why he had a gun, and he said it was for protection.

The City of Montgomery Office of Violence Prevention said it is finalizing a plan to help combat gun violence.

He plans to partner with community service organizations, but details are still being worked out.

“Of course, our nation is simply overrun with guns,” said Keith Moore, director of the Office of Violence Prevention. “These acts of violence are becoming more and more common, and we’re just trying to do our best with this ‘Stop the Violence’ campaign and the Office of Violence Prevention, to give people better solutions to resolving conflicts.”

Another “Stop the Violence” march is scheduled for next Saturday morning. It will take place at the Sherwood Apartments in Montgomery at 11 a.m.

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