Man wants celebratory cease fire

‘New Year’s Eve have fun, don’t shoot a gun’

RIVERDALE — Arthur Hughes is working on a campaign to rid residents in Clayton County as well as the nation of New Year’s Eve celebratory gunfire.

Hughes, 58, said too many people have lost their lives to celebratory gunfire. “New Year’s Eve have fun don’t shoot a gun” campaign began in 2008 after Hughes said he had a “close call” with a stray bullet.

“A stray bullet came through my house on New Year’s Eve around midnight,” he said. “I called the Clayton County Sheriff office and they said that there was nothing that they could do.”

The Riverdale resident said things got worse the following year, in 2009, when a 4-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet during a New Year’s Eve watchnight service.

Hughes said Marquel Peters was at Church of God of Prophecy in Decatur, sitting next to his mother, Natalie Peters, when the toddler was killed by a stray bullet.

Police told the mother that the bullet probably came from celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve, according to Hughes.

Hughes said he met with then Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner and Riverdale Police Chief Samuel Patterson and they held a press conference to tell people about Marquel Peters’ death and the consequences of celebratory gunfire. However, he said a Gwinnett County man, Sergio Martinez, was shot and killed the following New Year’s Eve 2010, in his home .

Hughes said he is continuing to urge people to refrain from shooting at midnight to mark the coming of the new year.

“Every year, Boy Scout troop 963 stands on Highway 85 in Riverdale and holds up our signs ‘New Years Eve have fun, don’t shoot a gun,’ ” he said. “This year, we want the entire nation to honor the people killed in Newtown, Conn., by not celebrating the new year with gunfire.

“Stray bullets from celebratory gunfire could go anywhere, you don’t know where it is going to land.”

Hughes said they want to get a “New Year’s Eve have fun, don’t shoot a gun” billboard. They want to place billboards in Clayton, Gwinnett, and DeKalb counties because he said those counties are where there have been reported deaths from celebratory gunfire.

He said he has the backing of VFW Post 3650 in Fayetteville.

“They have given funds in the past for yard signs,” he added. “I placed some of them on street corners in Clayton and DeKalb county. Clayton County Christian Association is also supporting our campaign.”


OscarKnight 2 years, 5 months ago

.....I want a cease fire in my neighborhood everyday, not just for Holidays.

....The State of Georgia recently passed a State Law that makes celebratory gunfire a crime.

......Pointing the muzzle of a firearm into the air is probably the dumbness and stupidness act that anyone can do. "What Goes Up, Must Come Down"....Any moron should know this fact . If see a muzzle flash, from a firearm, I won't hesitate to dial 911.


OscarKnight 2 years, 5 months ago

(( “A stray bullet came through my house on New Year’s Eve around midnight,” he said. “I called the Clayton County Sheriff office and they said that there was nothing that they could do.” ))

......Yes they could !!!!!

........They could trace the angle of the impact, the depth of penetration of the bullet, and investigate the path where the bullet was fired from. He should have called the Clayton County Police, instead of The Sheriff's Department.

....Using Homes as back stops, for bullets provides more proof how dysfunctional our county as become.


OscarKnight 2 years, 5 months ago

..With or Without this State Law :....We have already have City and County Ordnances against the Discharging of Weapons :

........Sec. 62-5. - Discharge of Weapons


(( "(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to fire a gun, rifle, pistol, revolver, cannon, air rifle, firearm of any type or shoot a slingshot or bow and arrow within the unincorporated area of the county within 1,000 feet of any residence, place of worship, business or public meeting place; except, that this section shall not apply to any law enforcement officer while in the discharge of his official duties," ))

(Code 1973, § 2-19-10; Ord. No. 2007-56, § 1, 3-20-07)

...What we have been needing, is Law Enforcement to Enforce These Laws !!


OscarKnight 2 years, 5 months ago

...The efforts by Mr. Hughes should be applauded, especally in Riverdale.

....If it was me; I would be calling in for Law Enforcment backup, for recieving hostile gunfire...and I wouldn't be calling The Sheriff Department.


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