Local community, religious leaders seeking answers to end gun violence


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Local community and faith leaders are mobilizing to demand that more be done to help end gun violence.

Working to get lawmakers’ attention, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church pastor Reverend RB Holmes is working with community leaders on solutions to keep communities safe.

To launch a call for conscience meeting focused on gun violence and crimes in the black community.

Followed by Holmes sending a letter to the Florida delegation on what Congress needs to do for better gun reform.

Dr. Linda Fortenberry is Director of Institutional Development at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

“We can no longer just sit back and give our thoughts and prayers, but now is the time to act and how many lives how much blood must be shed,” Fortenberry said.

Shootings that local leaders hope less to see with the following solutions:

  • Restrict access to assault weapons
  • Require universal background checks for all gun purchases
  • Strengthen national background check laws on arms sales by holding all retailers accountable, not just licensed arms dealers
  • Require all social media platforms to create a system that flags threat language for yourself and others.

Curtis Taylor, president of the Tallahassee Urban League, is part of these conversations for solutions, he says, although many people from different neighborhoods are fighting for safer communities, there is one group he wants to know more about. .

“Where are the young people? Where are our young people,” Taylor asked.

He says that to see change, we need to work with the younger people in our community.

“Because they’re the ones with the problem. They’re the ones with the questions and the answers. They’re the ones we need to engage. They’re the ones we need to involve,” Taylor said.

As for what action will be taken locally as a result of this call for a conscience meeting, Fortenberry says they are awaiting a response from the delegation.


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