Chaplain says it's 'scary' arguments are being settled with guns instead of fists

Chaplain says it's 'scary' arguments are being settled with guns instead of fists
Published: May. 22, 2014 at 8:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The senior of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy says it's frightening that people are settling arguments with guns instead of fists.

The Reverend Rob Dewey's comments came after deadly shootings in North Charleston and Charleston just a few hours apart.

North Charleston Police say 29 year old Dustin Backman opened fire from his car Wednesday night at a trailer park on West Montague Avenue, hitting the victim twice in the chest, killing him.

Early Thursday morning, Charleston Police say 21 year old Brandon Marshall shot and killed a man at an apartment on Wilson Street.

Investigators say that shooting also was sparked by an argument.

Deloris Deveaux lives in the apartment complex.

"Shouldn't have to kill, they need to get the guns off the street," Deveaux said.

 "It's scary where we are that when we were young, if we got into an argument, we'd probably take out our fists. Now there are so many guns available that people are gonna take out guns and knives to settle differences,” Dewey said.

Dewey says the problem goes beyond getting weapons off the streets.

He calls it a case of the disintegrating family.

"I think we don't usually have a mom and a dad at home anymore that have raised young people."

Dewey says the violence has a lot to do with today's generation.

"They haven't had the opportunity to settle things in other ways than maybe in a violent manner or that they might do what they've seen in their community, even at home."

According to Dewey, churches also need to get involved in putting young men on the right path.

"It doesn't work just doing services at eleven o'clock anymore. It's not meeting the needs of folks."

Whether those measures will cut down on the number of murders is not known, but Dewey says it's a start.

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