A stepped-up effort to stop gun violence in Tulsa

Wednesday, June 11th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa area ministers asked for more help Wednesday to end the shootings and killings.

News on 6 anchor Terry Hood says north Tulsa ministers say the recent shootings aren't just a north Tulsa problem. It's a citywide problem that's going to take a citywide solution.

That's why Wednesday's meeting included pastors, preachers, and priests from all over Tulsa, across many different denominations. They say they're serious about putting an end to the violence and it won't come from arrests alone. They're talking about all kinds of programs to help young people resist gangs.

And they need churches from all parts of Tulsa to get involved. Apostle Milford Carter with the Sanctuary Evangelistic Church, "south Tulsa, north Tulsa, east Tulsa, west Tulsa, white, black, Hispanic, this is a Tulsa problem.”

Beverly Watson, who attended Wednesday’s meeting, "I think its time for all of us to get together cause one church can't do it all."

The message Wednesday was stopping crime before it starts. The pastors say they're trying to be there for everyone in Tulsa, including the gang members and their families.