ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - There is a push underway to try to get guns off Central Louisiana streets.
Alexandria Councilman Ed Larvadain is part of a movement known as Stop the Violence. For the summer, Larvadain and other members of the movement have launched operation CeaseFire Cenla.
The group is holding events such as gun buy backs as well as performing local outreach to youth in the area. With disasters such as Orlando, Larvadain said they want to prevent senseless killings that are destroying communities and families from happening locally.
“We don't want those incidents to happen in our city, we love our city,” said Larvadain. “We want jobs here, we want our kids to stay here and have families. But most importantly we want to have a safe community, especially for the summer. We want the violence to stop we want the young folks to put the guns down. Stop killing people now."
The group will hold an event on Thursday for local youth at Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Alexandria. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. Those attending will learn about the movement as well as get to enjoy the day playing basketball.