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Not One More Mass Shooting

June 19, 2014

1000 people march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest gun violence.

1000 people march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest gun violence.

Contributed by Shannon Gearhart MD MPH, New York PSR

This past weekend, on the 18 month anniversary of the Newtown school shootings, I joined 1,000 other people who marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to rally to end gun violence. The event, sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, took place at the beginning of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. Twenty U.S. states were represented at the march and rally.

The march also coincided with the opening of the U.N. Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms, in which I am participating.

After marching across the bridge, several speakers shared their personal connection to gun violence. The daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School’s principal spoke on her experience of losing her mother and her fight for tighter gun control in the U.S.

Another speaker was a young man who sustained a gunshot wound to his chest and abdomen. He reminded the participants that the all of society was injured by the bullet, noting it was not only himself that had been shot, but “they shot my mother, father, cousins, other family members, friends and community.”

Mass shootings in the U.S. have risen to 74 since the Newtown, CT, shootings. This event was poignant focusing on the need to work for tighter gun control so there would be “Not One More” shooting.

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