Local group plans "Million Sons March"

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Updated: 7/10/2013 7:45 pm
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.

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whosaysnocan - 7/11/2013 6:02 PM
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Okay, so this is a cry to "save our sons." Just a few years ago there was much in the media about the "lost generation" of black "men." That was generated by so many that were incarcerated or dead that brought about the "million man march." Evidently that has not done much to help the community move forward. There are women that are part of this "problem" in that they have children by multiple males with what appears to be no concern about how they will be raised to become productive descent citizens. All the pastors/leaders within this community can pump their fists and plead with them to make positive changes, but until there are more consequences, harsher consequences, there will be no changes to bring about a generation of these "sons" to be better than the last.

RetiredJSO - 7/11/2013 7:57 AM
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They have to call it the Million Sons March, because no one knows who the Fathers are. This is the main cause of all the problems in these communities.

Realchange - 7/11/2013 3:02 AM
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Black on black killings at all time high. The other thing is respect women goes both way. Women want be in combat now and kill men in battle. Why does it seem to me that's having your cake and eat it to! I am not by any means a guy that would hit women but there is this misconception that women can't hurt or harm men in a fight. How is it you want teach respect to women, but women are arming themselves and wanting to kill someone in combat just like men? Does that not mean they are men's equal when a fight breaks out, and should just be treated like any other man? Women should decide do they want non combatant status and treated with more respect or do they want earn respect by killing men? As consequence this means losing the shield about women being the weaker sex and unable to stand up for themselves. Women need to decide respect or equality in fight it's discriminatory to say they should get both.

Gunny48 - 7/10/2013 7:54 PM
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Get in THEIR face on the streets and in the projects with your message and don't waste my time with the same garbage you have been spouting to media for generations.

jacksonville21 - 7/10/2013 7:27 PM
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Quit marching, and start snitching. Too many times you hear about crimes in these neighborhoods, sometimes in plain daylight, and no one was willing to talk to police.
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