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Water Warz event aims to stop gun violence in Tallahassee

Posted at 6:24 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 18:24:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The City of Tallahassee is working to get people to put down the guns and weapons.

And they're doing so by arming them with water guns.

Crime in Tallahassee is a big concern. From city government, to the police, and even everyday people.

"We're teaching and instilling stop the violence," said DJ Demp, event organizer.

And DJ Demp's teaching that lesson by arming the community with a different type of gun.

"Water guns are positive. Real guns aren't very positive. Especially in this day and age with everything going on," said DJ Demp.

DJ Demp got his inspiration from a similar event in Atlanta. Water Warz is about bringing kids and adults out for summer fun with a positive message.

"It's good clean fun. The kind I used to have when I was a little girl," said Deputy City Manager Cynthia Barber.

It's the old-school feel that those involved hope will inspire the community and encourage them to hold on to the innocence of youth instead of turning to violence.

"It's showing that the government can't be dependent upon to address all of the issues by itself," said Barber. "Neither can the police department or law enforcement. It takes all of us."

A first step that DJ Demp is happy to take.

"It's a positive outdoor event. Obvious water and summertime go hand in hand," said DJ Demp.

Water Warz is this Sunday at Tom Brown Park from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.