Local pastor speaks out about gun violence


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A local pastor is speaking out about the recent shootings in Macon-Bibb county.

Dr. David Stanley, pastor of Union Baptist Church says it starts in the home. He says the killings need to stop.

Stanley believes having community members law enforcement, and churches come together and talk with the youth can possibly prevent the gun violence.

Pastor Stanley says, “The churches are going to have to go in the community and stay in the community. Other civic organizations are going to have to go in the communities and stay into the communities. That’s when we’ll start seeing a difference.”

Union Baptist Church is in the Fort Hill neighborhood. Stanley says his church doors are always open.

He says the church offers a variety of activities throughout the year to minister to the community.


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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!