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Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition lights a candle for non-violence and gun control

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It’s King’s day in Kings County!

Members of anti-war group Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition huddled in the cold outside Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Jan. 19 for the third annual candlelight vigil to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — which this year had a special message about gun violence.

Besides lighting candles to remember the man who led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, the group held up banners reading “Disarm” and handed out fliers that recalled the Newtown massacre and stated that eight children die by gunfire each day. Organizers argued that King, who lost his life to an assassin’s bullet, would lead the fight against gun lobby groups were he alive today.

“He would certainly disapprove, I would think, the National Rifle Association,” said Coalition member Vicki McFadyen.

Other Coalition leaders said that guns are part of a culture of violence in American, which pervades everything from our urban streets to our foreign policy.

“Martin Luther King holds up the highest ideals of what the United States stands for,” said Pastor Bob Emerick of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. “It’s a struggle to maintain those basic core values that this country was founded, and to work for a way of thinking where non-violence is the norm.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

jc from na says:
"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK would have taken this next step, just as his wife Coretta and son Dexter did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ehL18rqlM?
Jan. 22, 2014, 11:28 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
“He would certainly disapprove, I would think, the National Rifle Association,” said Coalition member Vicki McFadyen.

Ventriliquism of the dead. Neat trick.

How will you enforce the first ammendment, without the second?
Jan. 22, 2014, 2:56 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
“He would certainly disapprove, I would think, the National Rifle Association,” said Coalition member Vicki McFadyen.

Ventriliquism of the dead. Neat trick.

How will you enforce the first ammendment, without the second?

Rufus, the 1st Amendment has always been enforced through the court system. Your post is mindless NRA propaganda.
Jan. 22, 2014, 4:19 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Oh goody, amendment smorgasboard - pick the one you like.
Jan. 22, 2014, 5:02 pm
jay from nyc says:
Rufus, that is easy, my right to free speech, petition the government, freedom of religion, press and assembly, and who I associate with does not depend on an idiot who took a NRA 10 hour safety course and now delusionally thinks he/she is tactically proficient.
The first amendment depends on me and others exercising it, and as another posted stated the courts. Beyond that, to a certain extent, the military (I.E. trained professionals) defends it, but the military has nothing to do with bozos running around back on the block with a glock plunking targets and calling themselves the three per centers and the other stupid crap that some in certain quarters claim.
As an example, people can exercise their first amendment right and say guns are dumb and only get people killed and if you own a gun you are 300% more likely to be the victim of a homicide and studies show so.
See, no gun needed to say that Rufus.
Jan. 22, 2014, 7:40 pm

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