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Pastor Charlie speaks on gun violence

Posted at: 12/16/2012 9:43 AM
By: Cadence Acquaviva

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, gun safety comes to mind. Pastor Charlie Muller from Victory Christian Church in Albany is trying to do his part.

“In lieu of what happened, we need to do everything in our community to get those dangerous weapons out of the hands of those that could get to them,” Pastor Charlie Muller.

Muller is giving a little more incentive this year in his gifts for guns program. Anyone who turns in a weapon will get an extra $50 gift card, on top the $100 card they would normally receive in exchange.

“The less weapons we have in our city, the less crime and the less violence we're going to have,” Muller.

Muller says it's been successful since the program started four years ago because the violence has gone down. He says something needs to be done to prevent a repeat of what happened in Connecticut where police say 20 year old Adam Lanza killed his mother yesterday at home. He killed another 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 of them children, before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities say the guns may have belonged to his family. Muller says he's not advocating for stricter gun control.

“That's the wagon that everybody starts to jump on. That's not the answer,” Muller.

He says society has bigger issues with overmedicated children carrying a lot of pent up anger. He says morality and the fabric of American homes are breaking down. When you add guns to the equation landing in the wrong hands, it becomes a recipe for disaster.

“I just think our society is spinning out of control with young kids that are on medication since their early age. Young kids that are unstable that no one is really watching,” Muller.

Muller says his program goes after illegal guns. He says those who have legal weapons need to be more responsible with them.