(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton hit the streets Wednesday as part of his latest campaign to stop gun violence.
Mayor Wharton met with youngsters at the Bert Ferguson Community Center in Cordova to talk to them about the dangers of guns.
The kids recited a pledge for a safe summer. They also signed pledge cards backing the mayor's campaign.
"So basically this is your way of saying that you are not going to turn into violence you are not going to get into fights," explained Mayor Wharton.
The mayor's campaign is aimed at stopping the kind of gun violence that ended with a shooting last week near one of the city's swimming pools.
According to Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, the shooting was just one of hundreds of gun crimes involving youngsters this year...
"So far this year we've had 694 incidents where kids have been the victims of violent crime. Think about that, 690-something incidents where kids have been the victims of violent crime," said Armstrong.
Officials say what is worse is that in more than half of those shooting incidents the person responsible was a teenager.
Now the mayor is going around the city asking kids to say 'No' to guns and encourage their friends to say 'No' as well.
Baptist Hospital and the Heal the Hood Foundation are among the sponsors for the mayor's anti-gun campaign.