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Preacher outlines plan to reduce Fayetteville violence

Posted November 3, 2013

— Members of the faith community in Fayetteville, spurred to action by a home invasion that claimed the life of a Fort Bragg soldier Oct. 7, planned a rally Sunday to share their concerns and plot a course of action to reduce violence in their town.

In the days leading up to their planned get-together, three more people were shot and killed across the city.

More than 100 people, including Police Chief Harold Medlock, gathered at Martin Luther King Park to express frustration and lay out a plan to get guns off the streets.

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Medlock said the recent spate of violence makes him angry.

"It should make everyone mad," he said. "And that's why I think you see the great level of interest and concern from this number of people that showed up." 

Among them was Rev. Mark Rowden. He wants to use his role as a man of God to influence those who may distrust law enforcement.

"Everyone doesn't like the idea or they're afraid of the idea of going to the police station," Rowden said. "They'll come to clergy. I've had many in the community that will come to me."

His plan is to start with gun drop-offs at churches across Cumberland County.

He'll follow that up with a mentoring program and a crisis hotline.

Rowden promised a comprehensive plan before the end of the year to include his three goals.

Many in the crowd said they feel inspired to help bring change.

"We wanted to be a part of this rally to take back our city from the crime and the drugs," said Robert Alford. "This is just a starting point, a rally cry to the city, to law enforcement, to everybody to come together."

Medlock said he welcomed the community involvement.

"Every night I go to bed worried about what will happen overnight. I worry about the safety of our citizens," he said.

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  • Confucius say Nov 4, 2013

    It's going to take much much more than asking people to turn in their guns. A whole culture needs to be changed, and one preacher can't do it. Kudos for him trying, and maybe his efforts will catch on with other leaders.

  • davisgw Nov 4, 2013

    Guns are not the issue. It is the lack of moral direction in the person behind the gun. Moral principals are learned at a early age and must be led by the parents and adults.

  • Disabled Vet Nov 4, 2013

    If he is going to have a gun drop off at a church, insure hope he has plenty of security because the gangs will hit a church same as a business or individual.

  • abcershatemebuttheir wivesluvme1 Nov 4, 2013

    need to have the stop and frisk

  • lessismore Nov 4, 2013

    So, law abiding citizens will drop off their guns and leave themselves defenseless....and none of the gang bangers and criminals will turn any guns. Don't think that is a good idea.....

  • golorealist Nov 4, 2013

    "What about teaching PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY and HARD WORK ?" -
    aaaamericanboy

    i'm surprised you didn't throw in "cut government spending" just for good measure. personal responsibility and hard work aare great things to understand. the truth is, however, that criminals always have been and always will be, and they don't care to hear your lesson on personal responsibility and hard work.

  • mfarmer1 Nov 4, 2013

    It will not work.

    what I am wondering is where have they been for the last 20 years? Murder in Fayetteville is on the up swing.

  • aaaamericanboy Nov 4, 2013

    What about teaching PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY and HARD WORK ?

  • affirmativediversity Nov 4, 2013

    "We wanted to be a part of this rally to take back our city from the crime and the drugs," said Robert Alford. "This is just a starting point, a rally cry to the city, to law enforcement, to everybody to come together."

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    Last time Fayetteville tried this it ended with a complaint of "racial profiling"

    Until these beleaguered community realize that criminals are always going to operate where they can easily blend in...so if you have a problem in a particular community chances are the crime is being committed by people who "look like you" that's key to their "blending in"...time to take a stand and stop letting them use you and your family for cover!

  • delilahk2000 Nov 4, 2013

    GOOD LUCK WITH THAT......THERE IS NO RESPECT AND NO ACCOUNTABILITY ANY MORE.....YOU CAN'T PRAISE ONE KID FOR DOING WHAT IS RIGHT,IN FEAR OF HURTING THE OTHERS FEELINGS.....SO WAHT IF THERE FEELINGS GETS HURT....DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND YOU WILL GET PRAISED FOR IT.....I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF ALLL THIS PC CRA P......RAISE YOUR KIDS TO DO THE RIGH5T THING.........

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