Incidents of shootings, mass or otherwise, in cities across America have propelled lawmakers into implementing tougher measures to curb what some deem to be an epidemic on the rise. From time to time, law enforcement authorities hold gun buyback events where individuals voluntarily bring in guns, no questions asked, and receive cash or other incentives in exchange, the objective being to reduce gun violence in their communities.
Clergy leaders have also joined the anti-gun violence warfare and are using a powerful weapon called prayer to fight back. The 69th Precinct Clergy Council has been consistent in this endeavor. On Saturday, May 27th, the group held their annual Youth Gun Violence Outreach on the corner of Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road.
In addition to praying for peace and safety, they talked about the perils of gang involvement and the illegal ownership and use of firearms. A pamphlet titled “Gangs to the Cross” was distributed. It contained several anecdotes about youths who were once involved in gang activities and crimes but were able, by the grace of God, to leave that lifestyle behind.
Each story was presented with a scripture verse of hope and redemption. “God is always able!” Reverend Cecil Moonsam, president of the Clergy Council, stated.
State Senator Roxanne Persaud (SD 19) praised the Clergy Council and the NYPD for doing a great job. “When we eradicate gun violence from our conversation, we know we have done our jobs,” she told the gathering. According to recent reports released by the 69th Precinct, gun violence in the community has declined significantly.
The event wrapped up with everyone singing the group’s theme song “Every Praise” by Bishop Hezekiah Walker.