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Outrage burns on Bklyn Bridge: Orange-clad protestors march across span in latest call for gun-law reform

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Enough is enough: Hundreds of people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday demanding an end to gun violence.
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No more: Students walk with posters across the bridge.
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Blood on its hands: Protestors march with signs, demanding an end to gun violence.
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Not her next: Teens carried a casket across the bridge.

These activists wore their fiery passion on their sleeves.

Hundreds of gun-law-reform advocates marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in bright orange shirts on Saturday, some of whom carried a white casket as they led the crowd in a charged demonstration demanding action from lawmakers to prevent more senseless, fatal shootings.

Outraged young participants amped up the procession’s electric atmosphere, reinvigorating the spirits of other long-time protestors, according to a Mill Basinite who joined the procession and lost her nephew to a bullet in 2008.

“It’s great to see them stand up and use their voices to say, ‘Enough is enough,’ ” said Marie Delus, a volunteer with advocacy group Moms Demand Action, which pushes for common-sense firearm legislation, who is also a military veteran and a National Rifle Association member. “They are invigorating us, the old-timers that have been doing this for so long.”

The sea of teens dressed in orange — the color of solidarity adopted by groups leading the gun-law-reform movement that include Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety — walked hand-in-hand across the steel span to Manhattan, with some brandishing posters that read “The NRA is a Terrorist Organization” and “The Scariest Thing in School Should be My Grades.”

But local kids weren’t the only ones who stepped for change at the event. Celebrities including actress-activists Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon joined the march, along with demonstrators who traveled from the outer boroughs, further afield in New York State, and even overseas — some of whom pointed out that living in fear of senseless gun violence is a concern unique to the United States, according to another volunteer.

“Someone from England came up to me and said, ‘We don’t worry about guns over there,’ ” said Everytown member Michele Davis, who commuted from her home upstate to protest. “That was a very poignant moment.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:43 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Lacquasha Schmekelstein from Waldorf Towers says:
How bout marching in the hood where there are shootings and killings every week? Funny how gun violence in the inner city doesn't really bother these people. It's like they only march when professional organizers want them to rally against the NRA - hypocrites!
June 6, 8:52 am
Babs from nYc says:
They should be marching against the Hollywood studios for promoting violence/ guns/killings in much of what they produce.

They should march against the rap music which is nothing but angry and filled with violent lyrics, the N word, the F word, talk of prison and guns..etc..
June 6, 8:56 am
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Those suggestions make sense. Unfortunately, the goal of these protesters is not to reduce gun violence but to rile up the leftist voting base. In aid of that goal, these students will march wherever their overseers tell them to march, and chant whatever their overseers tell them to chant.
June 6, 11:18 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Dance puppets dance!
June 6, 11:29 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
60% if these marchers will end up not voting anyway, so who cares what they say?
June 6, 11:46 am
Wow from Better than you says:
⬆⬆⬆Half are bigots, half are not to swift⬆⬆⬆
June 6, 11:47 am
CK from Downtown says:
The Democrats/Leftists/Marxists have done a fine job of triggering a lot of their base of Blacks and gays to abandon common sense - it's frightening actually
June 6, 11:48 am
Zeek from NYC says:
Haha, the 'Wow from Better' person with those up arrows is a pure example of Leftist- Fascist strategy: call someone a bigot if they don't like what they hear. How swift are you if you don't know the difference between 'to' and 'too'? Another brainwashed liberal
June 6, 11:53 am
Zeek from NYC says:
I voted for Trump!
And I love him!!!
June 6, 2:52 pm
The real zeek from Nyc says:
haha, way to put up a fake posting saying I voted Trump. But truthfully, the Democrats have, in the last year especially, proven themselves to be intolerant of other opinions and violent. They have become the Fascists. You people are merely pawns of the rich, White globalists.. Soldiers of the white Democratic Plantation masters. The only Hope and Change under Obama was the changing Demographics of gentrifying neighborhoods and the hope that my property value will increase with that gentrification!
June 6, 3:30 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
As a FEMINIST I oppose these (predominantly male) protesters trying to take away self defense from WOMEN! What if we are attacked by a man?! And we have no way to defend ourselves?!?
June 6, 3:48 pm
The real zeek from Nyc says:
And furthermore I want all the Muzzies and illegals out of my great country!
June 6, 3:53 pm
Sissy Mcclinton from The cubby hole says:
these protesters are all funded by George Soros!! The country is doing great now that the Clinton/bush crime families are gone! Don't let George Soros try and divide us. And please make that Chelsea Clinton go away!
June 6, 5:28 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
i make dumb comments
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i make dumb comments
June 6, 6:31 pm
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
I agree!
June 6, 8:08 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Again,how is it,that humankinds who want guns grabbed away from violent White Supremacists and lone-wolf severely psychotic mass-shooters;have continually to been totally incapable of working-in an alliance,with humankinds,who just ad intelligently,want separation of guns,from violent street-gangs-or armed robbers. Why can't they competently unite,in large numbers,for sensible natonal gun-control? And,especially why have the overwhelingly urban anti-gun organization,such as,Moms Demad Action";continually NOT advocated,NYC-style zero tolerance(you are so much as nabbed with an Illegal Firearm/s)-you do mandatory prison time,in current crime-ridden cities,such as Baltimore or Chicago? I have continually e-mailed this organization,and have yet to get any answer. I will continue to ask,what definitely really should NOT be a rhetorical question,until there are responses;and I mean intelligent responses.
June 6, 9:18 pm
Sandi Stratton from Bay Ridge says:
I'm astonished at the negative messaging here in comments. I'm a 64 year old white woman and educator. I'm a proud liberal. I participated in the march. I believe in background checks, and limits on firearm availability. Gun control works. Check out the murder statistics in countries (and states) that have good gun control. Gun control does not mean you cannot have a gun to defend yourself. It should mean you need to pass a background check, and participate in meaningful training. It also must mean no military grade weapons. To respond to the women who needs to protect herself. As a women I know that most women who are murdered in the USA are killed by family and friends. To protect women and children let's start with respect, and zero tolerance for abuse.
June 7, 7:52 am
Archie says:
This is just a pointless distraction from the greatest avoidable killer in our country - obesity! Excessive weight kills over a hundred-fold more people (not to mention disease in those who don’t die), yet these people are obsessed with something that cannot be easily resolved given our Constitution.
June 7, 12:39 pm
Mike Hunt from The Shtetl says:
Sandi Stratton - love how she has to point out that she is a White, female liberal educator - guess what honey? you're nothing but a social justice warrior with a major case of white guilt and Trump derangement syndrome. We are not impressed.
June 7, 4:50 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Just because I support gun control doesn't mean that I want nobody to have a gun. Calling for a background check is just making sure that the most dangerous people don't get guns. I really suggest some of you see the documentary, Under the Gun, which was narrated by Katie Couric, and really tells how the NRA continues to use fear and intimidation to get their way. I wouldn't be surprised if most of those who hated that filmed had ties with the NRA in their claims that it was biased against guns. Then again, the NRA does have a history of being defensive when it comes to talking such shootings and how such people got their guns easily. What's really being done is asking to close the loopholes for background checks and enforce such laws that the Brady Bill already states. More importantly, nobody is trying to take away any guns no matter how many times Wayne La Pierre tries to state this.
June 7, 7:07 pm
Researcher on from LinkedIn says:
Dance "educator": https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandi-stratton-gonzalez-542b471b
June 8, 8:23 am
Sam the Sham from Homeless says:
Liberals so dumb!
June 8, 5:12 pm
Bill lombard from Cobble hill says:
All this “protesting” does nothing in our bubble of NYC. We already have the strictest gun laws. The horse has left the barn years ago with all this gun control stuff. There are close to half a billion guns in private hands with no national registry. I think let’s go back to teaching respect for your fellow man and that killing is wrong. But our society’s (if we can call it that) morals are gone. Our music and movies teach our kids it’s ok to do whatever you want. That money is the only god. The fix for all of this is much harder than some little protest. It requires people to actually care about your fellow human being.
June 16, 11:48 am

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