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Dozens discuss ending gun violence once and for all

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A town hall meeting against gun violence at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (Photo: Ian Dembling)

More than 100 people in Savannah and surrounding areas met at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church Sunday in an attempt to learn more about how violence could be curbed in Savannah.

Linda Wilder Bryan, a local activist, said she organized the event following the death of John Cooksey, a 12-year-old boy killed after being shot at a funeral service for his cousin, 20-year-old Ricky Boyd.

"The victims are getting younger and the perpetrators are getting younger" Bryan said.

At the meeting, many discussed possible solutions, those solutions included more community involvement, giving more jobs to Savannah's impoverished youth, and making sure there are stricter gun laws in the Coastal Empire.

Lisa Ring, a candidate for Congress in 2018, said gun laws in Georgia are among the worst in the country.

"I'm a mother of four, and I can't imagine what it would be like to lose my child," Ring said.

She's recommending major changes to the current laws in the area.

There will be another meet on March 25th and organizers hope even more people attend.