When Greenville, South Carolina native Jack Logan founded the “Put Down The Guns Young People” organization in November of 2010, Logan explained that he had a desire to make a positive impact on this generation’s youth. Logan’s foundation marched through Greenwood Monday afternoon, starting at Magnolia Park and ending on Tabort Street, where 15 year old Columbia native Malik Birshon Padgett was shot and killed late Saturday night.
“We travel the entire state of South Carolina, reaching out to young people,” Logan said. “We are trying to prevent an innocent person from becoming a victim of gun violence. I don’t want to see mothers have to look down at their son in a casket.”
Derrick Quarles is the cousin of Padgett and an active participant within the organization.
“I have always been very passionate about this issue,” Quarles said. “With my cousin being killed, it hits home even more now because I can relate to those who have lost loved ones. Gun violence is senseless and needs to stop.”
As Logan hopes to make a positive impact on communities statewide, using his organization, the Greenville native explained that he is hoping to assist in seeing young people “become what they were made to be.”
“I want to see young people grow up and get a high school diploma and a college education, becoming prominent citizens in the community that God called us to be,” Logan said. “I’m a strong believer of the Bible when it says ‘Thou shall not kill.’ Young people were not created to carry guns around and take other people’s lives. I want to see today’s young people, every young boy and girl, to grow up to be what God created them to be.”