operation save our sons

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, with Jacksonville again reeling from multiple homicides, including the shooting of an 11-month old, we spoke with local pastors John Guns and John Allen Newman as the city, once again looks for solutions to the violence. Rotary District Governor Marshall Butler joined the program to talk about the organization’s project to eradicate polio worldwide. Julie Handley, fundraiser chair of the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council, talked about the return of their fundraising event “Where’s Bubba?” Developer Zach Schwartz spoke about the new app he help create “intoGo,” which provides easy access to places and things to do on the First Coast.  


Billed as a unique program to help the city's at-risk youth, the One City, One Jacksonville Leadership Week is connecting 100 young men with some of the city's top political and faith leaders this week. The goal is to help them make better decisions, respect authority, and do well in school. We speak with Rev. John E. Guns, founder of Operation Save Our Sons, who organized the initiative with the City of Jacksonville.

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Hundreds of Jacksonville high school students gathered at Edward Waters College Friday for the third annual Operation Save Our Sons Summit. The day’s events reinforced why the Summit was started in the first place: to challenge young men to think differently.

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Rhema Thompson / WJCT

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Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Jacksonville-based national family advocacy group Operation Save Our Sons will hold an event Saturday morning at Ribault High School  designed to help men who didn't have strong male role models in their lives while growing up become better fathers themselves.

Standing in the front of his church's pews, Operation Save Our Sons National Director Dr. John Guns said they specifically decided on the location for a press conference because its been the site of over a dozen caskets of young men who died a violent death.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Leaders of a national initiative aimed at keeping young black males from getting themselves arrested or killed during confrontations with authority announced Tuesday that it will be headquartered here in Jacksonville.

It's called Operation Save Our Sons.

"This city is about to make a statement that we can turn around something that some, and many, are calling an epidemic," says John Guns, Senior Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. "We're losing our sons. But, not anymore. We're fighting for them."