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Residents Gear Up For Sunday March Against Gun Violence

Event starts at 3 p.m. near the site where 20-year-old Justin Cherry was shot and killed on March 5.

In the wake of three shootings at Fort Greene Houses in March, community leaders and tenants planned a demonstration against the scourge of gun-related crime.

at Whitman Houses on Carlton Avenue, with Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Fort Greene, Ingersoll Tenants Association president Ed Brown and Whitman Tenants Association president Isabella Lee planning to attend.

The march comes in response to the , and who was taken to Kings County Hospital after being shot three times in the chest and groin on March 21.

With all three victims African-American males in their early 20s, the recent spate of violence highlighted the fact that, despite gains made in crime reduction elsewhere in the city, being a young black man at Fort Greene Houses was still a dangerous proposition.

"We have lost too many of our young African-American men to senseless gun violence. We can no longer ask why. It is time for us to unite and take action," said James in a statement urging residents of public housing and beyond to join organizers in sending a message to would-be wrongdoers.

Participants in Sunday's march also hope to highlight other urgent matters for pubic housing residents—with the continued closure of Whitman House's Community Center at the top of the list.

The death of Cherry on March 5 and Webb on March 20 marked the first two homicides reported for the year in the 88th Precinct, which covers Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

In response to the shootings, the New York Police Department beefed up patrols at Ingersoll and Whitman Houses.

Stranger March 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Here in the real world, where the homicide rate is inversely (more of one thing means less of another) proportional to the number of legally owned guns in a community, the solution to gun violence is to encourage law abiding citizens to own the most effective means of self defense. Also here in the real world, America's homicide rate is less than half as high as it was just twenty years ago. Yet almost 150 million new guns have been sold in the United States in that period. States like Mississippi, where gun ownership is tolerated, have done even better - except among those population groups that choose to remain disarmed and helpless in the face of criminal violence. As Jesus said at the Last Supper, Luke 22-36, quoted from the Aramaic Bible: "He said to them, “From this hour, whoever has a money bag should take it and thus also a wallet, and whoever lacks a sword, let him sell his tunic and buy a sword for himself." Swords were the ancient equivalent of guns, which make the weakest and most helpless among us equal to the strongest and most brutal criminal. So protesting guns is the way to higher crime rates - and disobeying Jesus.
Corey March 31, 2012 at 07:55 PM
"So protesting guns is the way to higher crime rates - and disobeying Jesus." - haha! so incredibly delusional and untrue.
Jenny April 01, 2012 at 04:45 PM
it's pretty clear that more guns on the street mean more violence and more crime.

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