Group works to tackle gun violence through fishing (VIDEO)

A non-profit group founded by a gunshot survivor aims to keep California kids off of the streets and out of trouble through a youth fishing program.

“What we are trying to do, and what we are doing, is taking the guns from our kids, out of their hands and replacing it with a rod and reel in their hands,” said Timothy Poole, CEO of Hooked on Fishing, Not on Violence.

Poole, who has been the victim of gun violence on more than one occasion, is paralyzed in his left leg. Poole said he’s lucky to be alive and has spent the last 20 years healing from his past while mentoring children through the program.

In addition to learning all about fishing, kids in the program spend time playing in the park, going on nature hikes and learning a little bit about science as it pertains to fishing and the outdoors.

“I figure if we keep them busy for the summer, doing something new and constructive, that they will stay out of harm’s way and that is our main goal to just keep our kids safe,” Poole said.

The program is completely free for all kids and most of the fishing poles and other supplies are donated, giving everyone a chance to participate.

Additional information on the program can be found here.

[ CBS ]