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Guns 'n' roses

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 4:38 p.m.

"We also have legislation on the federal level trying to close gun show loop holes. Thirty-two states do not do any background checks whatsoever, and that leads to an unending supply of illegal weapons into New York," she told the paper.

Erica Ford recalled, "In 2006/2007, the City Council allocated, but never actually gave, money to prevent gang violence to over 50 organizations. Expecting the money, some organizations put their hands in their own pocket and spent what they had on their various programs, but the City Council never gave them the money. As a result, some valuable organizations folded, and some former gang members who had turned their lives around got frustrated and probably returned to the street."

Fortunately, Ford contended, "If we come together, we can stop the minority who commit the violence. I urge people who have the power: radio stations, TV stations, print media, elected officials, athletes and entertainers--who sometimes play a role in hyping up the beef in our community--to instead support organizations such as the I Love My Life Campaign and the Bury the Beef Campaign to make peace and safety a reality for our children."

For more information on Saturday's rally, call Rev. Williams at (917) 545-4613.