The organization encourages young people to “make films, not weapons”

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The fight against gun violence is something many of us in the community can help with.

A local organization is taking matters into their own hands by targeting young people.

Lyndon Burch launched “Shoot Film, Not Guns” to make a difference in the lives of young people.

“We have to do something. There are too many shootings, too much teenage violence, too much teenage gun violence,” he said.

He says the organization plans to return to Augusta at least once a year.

They hope to reduce violence by having a positive impact on children when they are young. In this camp, they brought guests, including District Attorney Jared Williams.

“More than ever, we know the crime that is happening in the community. We want a safer community, and that only happens if we welcome our children early and often,” Williams said.

Williams did some improvisation with them.

Burch said, “I’d rather these kids see him here than have them have to go downstairs and see him at his office.”

The camp exposed them to different careers in the film industry. Burch enjoyed seeing their personalities show.

“We have characters within us that we don’t even know exist. This improvisation gives them a chance to come out, gives this character a chance to come out,” he said.

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