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Community leaders push to end violence in Jacksonville

Pastor John Guns and Bishop Rudolph McKissick say it's time for a change

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Community leaders are pushing for an end to violence in Jacksonville.

Pastor John Guns of Operation Save Our Sons and Bishop Rudolph McKissick visited The Morning Show to talk about the recent surge of violence throughout the city.

"I think at the end of the day, what we’re seeing is the result of negligence and neglect in certain communities," Pastor Guns said. "At the end of the day even as we call the community together, we have to begin to talk seriously about what it means to impact our community for the good of every resident." 

There have been 15 homicides in Jacksonville so far in 2016. One of the victims was a 22-month-old boy. Last year, there were 113 homicides. 96 of those were considered murders. Both Pastor Guns and Bishop McKissick said the change starts with the younger generation.

"Most kids don’t want this way of life, but it’s become a reality in which they are born and in which they live," Bishop McKissick said. "We have to try to introduce them to a new reality." 

Guns and McKissick said it's important for parents to talk to their children. They said this issue affects the entire city, not just one area. 

"At the end of the day even as we call the community together, we have to begin to talk seriously about what it means to impact our community for the good of every resident," Guns said.

Both Guns and McKissick said they believe the mayor, the sheriff and other city leaders are committed to fixing the problem.