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Pastors prepare community for Dunn verdict

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Updated: 2/13 9:04 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Sunday the message was to teach young men to stay alive. Now the Rev. John Guns with Save Our Sons says he's shifting into response mode for the Michael Dunn murder trial.

“I think the most important thing is a young man has lost his life. So whether he's acquitted or whether he's found guilty, no one should gloat because in the end no one has won,” saysGuns.

Guns says he's working to send a specific message to young people, especially young black men that constraint and responsibility is the best response. We can't bring back young brother Jordan and we don't need to disrespect his family by operating out of our selfish need to express anger.”

In order to avoid violent situations Save Our Sons is advising teens how to handle hostile conditions.

“By being respectful, being responsive positively and understand that the only thing that matters is that you make it home to your mom and dad. Nothing else matters - just get home,” says Guns.

Guns says a respectful response to hostile situations is great advice for teens but it also applies to people of all ages. He expects multiple Sunday sermons to touch on the verdict if one is reached this week.

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Truthseeker - 2/14/2014 4:36 AM
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Why isn't there someone "preparing" the white community for a guilty verdict? Oh by the way, enough of the poor mistreated black man whining. Those days are over.

king kaos - 2/13/2014 5:08 PM
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Ok so lets keep it the current way it is... angry young black men act like jerks and get killed. Thats EXTREMELLY EFFECTIVE, or maybe not. Absolutely you should say "YES SIR" and "NO SIR" just like I teach my WHITE kids to do... I dont know about what your saying with the "massuh" and all. Again that was HUNDREDS of years ago, let it go. Or dont... but dont expect ANYTHNG DIFFERENT FROM THE COMMUNITY as a whole if you cant even get along with each other and DO NOTHING TO CHANGE THAT. I mean come on, we listened to the whining, we listend to the complaining, we listened to ALL of the EXCUSES and they are all BULL. You are where you are because YOU put yourself there. If that was not true, we wouldnt have ANY succesful black people(even if they are UNCLE TOMS), we wouldnt have ANY black people that didnt live in the ghetto or own businesses or even BECOME PRESIDENT for example. So go ahead and say we are back to whatever, YOUR THE ONES WHO KEEP BRINGING US BACK THERE, DUHHHHH, and while your at it keep complaining and doing JACK-S about it. Theres a WHITE saying(not really but I am just being a jerk for the dramatic effect): The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The same thing has been happeneing over and over and nothing has changed, so therefor why would you expect different results? Thanks to A Einstien for those words of wisdom BTW. OK, so "we woods or whiteys or crackers or whatever we are this week" did in fact change, back in the 50s and 60s we changed EVERYTHING and 100 years before that and 50 years before that too... so now GO AHEAD, change, ITS YOUR TURN. stop acting like animals and I PROMISE on the good book itself, I wont look at you like one. I want a strong and proud America full of Americans, not a divided country with Americans and African Americans, we dont have time or energy for that anyone, we are going to ALL fail. So what do you need to change now? Whats missing now? Tell US PLEASE!

LadyeCatte - 2/13/2014 3:23 PM
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Oh, my God.. we're back to this again, aren't we? The days when black people, especially our males, must not look white people in the eye, or argue back when confronted with hostility. Back to "yah, suh", "no, suh".. because "all that matters is you get home safely". Young Jordan, since he didn't have any interaction with Dunn, WAS "being respectful"... and where is he now? Enough, already. Goddammit.. ENOUGH!

Restoration - 2/13/2014 10:40 AM
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I just hear talk... I haven`t seen any action. Let`s STOP talking, Time for Action. Race and history are irrelevant. Every murder in this city (Jacksonville) by gun-violence should be HIGH PROFILE.

king kaos - 2/13/2014 9:46 AM
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Rev Gun, I have to say good job sir and thanks for getting it. I think. I applaude what you and SOS trys to do, my fear is you are hitting up against a problem that is so engrained in the uneducated, poor, urban community that I am not sure how successful you are wtih these "boys"(young men mostly by the looks of it). I dont understand why there isnt a more "peacful" message coming from ALL aspects of the black community towards the country as a whole but specifically whites. Why keep the rave war alive? It seems to me like the majority of the issues in the urban black community are two fold, lack of family and pride. A woman will have multi kids with multiple men and in order to get\keep assitance the dads cannot be around or help in the raising of the kids or they are penalized, correct? If thats the case, why not PASS on the assitance? Wouldnt it be much more advantageous for ALL parties if a traditional family was in place to raise the kids? Wouldnt the pride come and misdirected anger\rage be eleviated if not elminated? How can you have any pride if you dont have a solid family, a future, if all there is involves everything that all of society looks down on? I have had to work very hard to get my wife and kids in a good place. Idid whatever I had to get through college and I had a kid when I was just a kid so I know its hard, but not impossible. The reality is there is alot of help out there, but laziness and "status quo" seem to be the major reasons for the black communities failures. I am a first generation American and came from a single parent home and later abusive stepparent and made it. Why do blacks hold onto the "slavery" thing that was 400 years ago when it only causes divide and rage? Anyone can look back and BLAME something for thier failures. Silly excuse to me. Think of how strong this country could be again if we had less African Americans and more Americans.
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