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Shot gun competition raises money for mental illness

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Gun enthusiasts raised money for a counseling center Saturday at the Shreveport Gun Club.

Hundreds of shooters competed in a disk shooting competition to raise money for The Good Samaritan Counseling Center. The Center is a non-profit faith based group that treats mentally ill patients from all economic backgrounds. 

This is the 4th year for the event. 

"It's just fun, it's like playing gun with a shot gun," says Mark McCrocklin. McCrocklin says this event draws some of the best shooters from the region. 

The registration fee for each shooter is donated to the organization, and the money is used to treat mentally ill people who cannot afford treatment. 

"There used to be more adequate care, but ever since about the mid 80's funds both federally and state dollars have decreased," says organizer Tim Hard. 

Organizers say this event does not have a connection to recent mass shootings, it helps to break stereotypes about gun owners. 

"Hey you can actually own a gun, and go shoot a gun, and have a good time, and you aren't hurting anybody," says Tim Hard. 

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