Brooklynites rally against gun violence in Bed-Stuy

Smiles: Members of Save Our Streets pose together after marching through Bedford-Stuyvesant on June 29.
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Dozens of Brooklynites marched through Bedford-Stuyvesant to call for an end to rampant gun violence on June 29.

“I don’t want people to wait until someone they know is the victim of gun violence to start doing something about it,” said Nathalie Arzu.

The rally, which was organized by anti-gun violence group Save Our Streets, featured several keynote speakers, including Arzu — who told the assembled crowd the tragic story of losing her brother Jose in 2011 to gun violence in the Bronx.

“My brother was killed at the age of 16 when he was walking his girlfriend home, and two men approached him and shot him 15 times. The paramedics did everything that they could, but he died,” said Arzu.

Since her brother’s tragic death, Arzu has worked with groups like Save Our Streets and Moms Demand Action to help pull communities away from a culture of violence.

“It’s about being empowered. There’s a lot of people that are causing harm in our communities, and it’s systematic. In our communities, there’s a lot of issues that are the core causes of gun violence, whether it’s housing or whatever,” she said. “There are a lot of people in gangs, and they don’t want to be, but they don’t know anything else and they don’t know how to get out.”

Arzu also uses her story to help heal communities that have been ravaged by bloodshed.

“It’s about helping people who have been affected by gun violence find help, but it’s also about people who haven’t lost someone, and teaching them how to be there for those who are suffering,” she said. “It’s about building more of a community.”

The demonstration was partly spurred by the recent shooting of an 11-year-old boy, who was caught in the crossfire of a gun violence incident in Crown Heights on June 20.

Arzu said she hoped people would find empathy and motivation to organize against the presence of weapons on city streets.

“This may have not been your child, but it was someone’s child,” she said. “We need to come together to build this community.”

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Updated 12:35 pm, July 8, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Jill Krachowsky says:
I hope these dummies stop shooting each other!
July 8, 2019, 11:56 am
Barry from Kenya says:
Too many guns. Stricter guns laws are needed in the U.S.
July 8, 2019, 11:57 am
Bobby Ganoush says:
How is ‘housing’ a cause of gun violence? Once again these people are in denial. It’s about the culture of the people in the hood. Rap music is not a positive force. Kids being raised by single parents who turn a blind eye to the kids’ behavior and don’t teach basic skills like not littering and not disturbing the neighbors. We don’t need stricter gun laws, we need stricter parenting. The culture needs to revolve around studying and education to get out the hood. It’s not about about ‘hanging’ and blaming other races for your failures. It’s time to take responsibility. The politicians are useless because they want these people to be ‘victims’. Let the neighborhood gentrify like it’s supposed to. The violence thing is not working out. It’s time to move on to greener pastures.
July 8, 2019, 12:21 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Yea, because the Pulse nightclub shooter, Las Vegas shooter, Sandyhook shooter, every other school shooter all listened to rap music. The issue isn't music, stupid, it's guns. You idiots blame everything except the one thing that is actually to blame.
July 8, 2019, 12:43 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
Of course the liberal racist doesn’t want black people to have the guns they need to defend themselves.
July 8, 2019, 1:49 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Of course this racist idiot thinks Hillary is going to prison. Election already happened, get over it, stupid.
July 8, 2019, 2:38 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
⬆️This idiot still thinks President Trump will be impeached by the Democrats groveling at his feet. If they kiss his feet more, he might let Hillary slide during his second term.⬆️
July 8, 2019, 3:09 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆This Idiot is a racist snowflake⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
July 8, 2019, 3:17 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
⬆️Classic example of projection by a bigot⬆️
July 8, 2019, 3:52 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Classic example of a racist snowflake⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
July 8, 2019, 4:35 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Is NYC still strictly enforcing,their long established ZERO tolerance anti-Gun laws? If any individual,is so much,as nabbed,in possession;of any illegal firearms,they will do time. That's Prison-Time. Do any responsible readers,know the answer?
July 8, 2019, 5:44 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
We're too stupid to care, SCR from Realityville. We are just racist trumpturds frothing at the mouth whenever a story involves minorities.
July 8, 2019, 6:25 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
Yes SCR, these liberal idiots will throw you in jail for years if you attempt to defend yourself using legal firearms. Soon the Supreme Court will put an end to this madness, but not soon enough for many.
July 8, 2019, 7:23 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
I love prison, I made so many new friends.
July 8, 2019, 7:25 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
I'm too stupid to understand that gun laws are very strict in NYC, so my "argument" is moot. Basically, I'm just a sad little racist.
July 8, 2019, 7:53 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
I see vision zero is too stupid to understand how states reciprocate the laws of other states, and how the Supreme Court will soon enforce this concept. It’s going to be shocked at that decision.
July 8, 2019, 9:35 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
I see I"M too stupid to understand that NYC prohibits firearms. Even if you have a pistol permit valid in upstate NY, or any state for that matter, it is prohibited in NYC. But facts don't matter to trumpturds.
July 8, 2019, 9:41 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Racist POS⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
July 9, 2019, 7:17 am
Donna Lemon from Clinton News Network says:
At least both sides seem to agree that Hillary should be in prison. We are making some progress!
July 9, 2019, 11:05 am
The drumpfs from Prison says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆IDIOT HOMOPHOBIC TRUMPTURD⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ Try again, fatso.
July 9, 2019, 11:35 am
Anderson Pooper Scooper from Clinton News Network says:
I second what my BFF Ms. Lemon said
July 9, 2019, 2:09 pm
The drumpfs from Prison says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆IDIOT HOMOPHOBIC TRUMPTURD⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ Try again, 1 trick loser.
July 9, 2019, 3:23 pm
Rachel Madcow from Russian Collusion News Network says:
Donna and Anderson, go work on your ratings, they’re low! Now back to Russia........
July 9, 2019, 8:38 pm
The drumpfs from Prison says:
⬆⬆⬆THE tRUMPTURDISM IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE⬆⬆⬆ You are so stupid that I don't think you can be helped, it's too late for you.
July 9, 2019, 8:47 pm

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