Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis says he's urging people to help stop gun violence in the city.
Ellis says he supports those who use weapons to protect themselves or their families but not people with other agendas.
"We have got to make sure that people who should not have guns, don't have guns, and we do that through background checks. We do it through closing the loopholes at this gun show. We make sure the pawn shops in this town will stop selling and buying stolen guns. Some of that is happening as well," says Ellis.
Ellis says the city should deny permits to gun shows that refuse to do background checks before selling a weapon.
He believes that, along with community support and interventions, will keep crimes involving guns down.
Ellis say he's also spoken with police officers who handle those cases.
"What I'm hearing is that there are just too many guns in our town, and of course they are up against it as well. They are out there putting their lives on the line every day, and I can understand, not that I accept, an officer shooting an unarmed and innocent man, but with the proliferation of guns in our community, I can understand a police officer not knowing who has a gun and what they will do with it because there are so many of them."
Ellis says he wants to form a community group to rally against gun violence. He says that should include city leaders, clergy, and parents.
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