JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- It’s a plan months in the making. It’s an idea designed to change the landscape of future generations.
"We're losing our sons, but not anymore. We're fighting for them. We will look for creative ways to empower them and strengthen them through their families," Pastor John Guns said.
"Operation Save Our Sons" members plan to stress education, respect for authorities and respect for women. Together with community connections, Duval County public schools and other partners, the Jacksonville-based group hopes to do just that.
If all goes according to plan, there will even be a Million Sons March in Washington D.C. next year featuring a million sons, fathers, mentors and role models.
"It makes me feel good because it makes me feel like someone believes in me," Jaylen Burroughs said.
Some of the five people arrested for throwing acid bombs over the weekend are believed to be teens. Pastor Guns of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church says if Save Our Sons can mentor boys while they’re young, mischief like that will be decreased.
"It's really about changing and impacting lives," Guns said.
So far, 14 cities around the country are interested in starting a Save Our Sons Chapter. The tentative date for Millions Sons March is the Friday before Father’s Day, June 2014.