LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin is urging people to “put their faith to work” by forming small prayer groups that walk some of Louisville’s highest-crime neighborhoods.

The Republican governor offered the volunteer prayer groups as a way to help combat the city’s rising murder rate. Bevin outlined his plan during a community meeting Thursday.

Bevin’s remarks were met with a mix of support and derision.

He says the “power of prayer” can make a difference in curbing violence.

The mother of a 7-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet says Bevin’s “heart is in the right place,” but she doubts roving prayer groups will help.

Micheshia Norment says some people will be scared to walk neighborhoods. She says one way to curb the violence is to make it harder to get guns.