2007-08-17 / Community

Anti-Gun Activist To Hold 'Symbolic Funeral'

This country has witnessed an act of terrorism in almost every community, and it's not terrorism from abroad, it's the gun violence that silently creeps into our neighborhoods. Though it is most notably in large urban cities where gangs and drugs are prevalent, it is evident that guns, drugs and gangs are on the rise in small town American cities also," says Liz Bishop- Goldsmith, the President of Mothers Against Guns (MAG). "It's past time that the whole world witness what lies ahead when one picks up that cold piece of steel and decides to maim, or kill another human being. Enough is enough, and it's time for a change."

To emphasize her point, Bishop- Goldsmith is holding a "funeral" to bury the guns, on August 25, in Jamaica.

She said the reason for this unusual "funeral" is to "impact" the reality of the senseless and countless deaths due to this "epidemic." She said this is an opportunity for victims, family and friends of gun related violence to come together to denounce this "horrible act" that has caused so much pain and grief in their lives. A replica of a firearm will be placed inside a coffin to symbolize the burying of gun violence, and not our loved ones.

Gun violence claims at least 30,000 people in the United States every year, and more than half of them are young African Americans. Bishop-Goldsmith said, "I have received enthusiasm from people near and afar to participate in this event, because none of us know whose name the next "bullet" holds." For more information, please visit their website: www.mothersagainstguns. org, or call (718) 276- 5802 for more information.

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