(WHAS11) -- On Cane Run Road at Louisville Screen Printing a quiet campaign is underway.
“If you can’t help out a little bit here and there really what good are you?,” said Mike Wells. “I just think people need to become part of the community they live in.”
Wells is making T-shirts with 9 words he hopes will help to save a life.
The shirts say "put down the guns - we want our city back."
There are several approaches to try and reduce gun violence in the West End but this approach is in your face. It’s something you have to see before pulling the trigger.
“It’s been a long year,” said Marian Dean who is handing out the shirts to young people. It’s a message to be worn for everyone to see.
“We get something physical out of this. We here to make a statement that I stand here for the future of our children,” said Dean.
Dean's son Antonio Anderson was murdered last year.
She says he was a bystander when gunfire erupted in Shawnee Park.
“Speak out. Speak up, just talk about things that go on in our community,” said Dean.
Wells is making the shirts for free and they are being handed out at no cost.