Columbus Anti-Violence Advocates Want Action After Six Teens Shot
Columbus anti-violence advocates are pushing for community involvement with local youth after six teenagers were shot during the weekend. âI think itâs going to need to be more than just a political solution, but a community and a family solution," Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Churchâs senior pastor Jonathan McReynolds said after six teens were shot in three separate incidents around Columbus late Saturday night and into the early morning hours of Sunday. âWith the recent incidents over the weekend with the young people, I believe it displays that we need to start intervening with our children at a very young age. "I think we as families have to make a change because each one of these young people, they have mothers, fathers, uncles, grandparents. I think itâs time that we as families step up and take ownership in our communities and try to make a change," McReynolds said. Columbus attorney Byron Potts, who has held several gun control forums, said gun violence is no longer acted out just by adults. âPeople that are committing these violent offenses are getting younger.â? As it gets warmer, violence ticks up, and Potts plans to propose ideas to city leaders he hopes will help curb it, including a gun buyback program. âJust trying to minimize or eliminate some of these guns," Potts said. "Thereâs no panacea, but if we get one of these guns off the street, it might save one personâs life.â? Potts also suggests the city hire teens to help clean up their neighborhoods. âI believe it starts with just basic stuff. If you start cleaning up and taking care of your community, you wonât let all this stuff go around," he said. "You wonât be a part of that. You will feel a part of the community, you wonât feel alienated.â? All six of the teens involved in the weekend shooing were taken to area hospitals, but WOSU has been unable to confirm their conditions. So far, Columbus Police have made no arrests.