Bishops Request Gun-Free Services
November 2, 2011 by staff
Bishops Request Gun-Free Services, The recent string of violence around the center of Louisville, including firearms fired near a funeral, is causing the partners of the funeral home to make a change. Weapon-free zones.
Bishop Dennis Lyons said his funeral is usually the place are the funerals of many who were shot dead here in Louisville. Now Lyons is afraid of his funeral and others around the city are the target of armed violence themselves. He wants to stop.
Family of 19-year-old Carlos Beamon was just trying to grieve when someone decided to open fire outside the funeral of Lyon. “We in the community are taking the initiative to tell our community there are some areas that will not tolerate gun violence.”
He is calling for weapon-free zones. Lyons says they have to occur in various parts of the city, starting with those that should be sacred. “We decided there must be a place in our community that people can feel safe and these places should be around the west end, but mostly at funerals, wakes, church cemeteries and school zones.”
He says the city needs to get behind the idea too. “We want the judge and prosecutors to begin initiating weapon tougher sentences on those who have guns around these places.”
Officials from the County Attorney’s office say they are committed to pursuing weapons offenses Backfire your project. It is a program that makes criminals who use guns to get severe penalties. They say they have processed 373 cases in the last three months.
Lyons knows if everyone works together to talk about it now, it’s just a matter of time before the shooting goes back out of its doors.
Bishop of Lyons said that regular meetings for those in the community to come out and join the cause to end gun violence. They occur every Tuesday at 6:00 in the Gospel Missionary Church.
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