Memphis Mayor A C Wharton appointed Bishop Mays as director of his anti-gun violence initiative, Memphis Gun Down.
Mays is a retired Memphis policeman and former commander of the Old Allen Station.
Mayor Wharton launched Gun Down as a five-point action plan which uses a variety of methods to reduce gun crime.
Mays says the it's not just about enforcement but also about intervening before violence breaks out.
"We need to reach out for these young people and try to help them to make better decisions," he said. "We want our young people to put the guns down and talk out their problems and their conflicts."
The Memphis Gun Down program has sponsored a variety of events this summer, from pop-up community parties to youth midnight basketball programs.
One of Mays' priorities is to continue to get the word out to the entire community about the program's mission.
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