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Anti-Gun Violence Rallies to Pop Up Tonight

Grassroots groups around the Tri-State area are seeking to hold protests Thursday evening.

Following last month's  tragedy in Newtown, Conn., stories concerning firearms have become daily fare — New York State has tightened gun legislation, residents have assailed an online pistol permit map and, Thursday, two weapons were swiped from a Rockland home.

And despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his politicos being the first statesmen to alter law following the Dec. 14 shooting, some residents are calling for more. The civic action group MoveOn.org has organized a slew of grassroots gathering Thursday night, asking citizens to address gun violence in their regions.

"The tragedy in Newtown, CT was the last straw," the group pens on their website. "We've got to keep the call for change loud and visible to move our leaders from mere words to meaningful action. That will take consistent, creative, sustained action from us to end gun violence in our communities."

Two ad hoc meetings will be held in Westchester—one in White Plains, and one in Mount Vernon. The White Plains meet-up is slated for 7 p.m. at the Community Unitarian Church; 33 people have already signed on.

"Join us in a moment of silence followed by group discussions of what White Plains residents can do to end gun violence," one organizer writes. "Possibilities to consider: hand gun collection events, local gun control legislation, a web-site allowing public declarations of being a non-gun home."

Several other gathering are scheduled for the same time in New York City, Connecticut and beyond. To find a meeting near you, click here.

Vegas January 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Legalize drugs and gun violence would be cut in half.
Liz Claire January 17, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I worked for Robert Morganthau the DA of Manhattan. He wrote an editorial to the NYTimes once making the same point. So much of our tax dollars are wasted on enforcing the Draconian Rockefeller drug laws. And it disproportionately punishes black men. So wrong. When will government allow us to be adults?
Shar January 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Satan rules the World...Guns are safe in the hands of honest sane people who own guns but the mentally ILL and criminals will always find a way to illegally posse guns....why punish the innocent along with the guilty??
Fly on the Wall January 18, 2013 at 02:40 PM
So your saying we should have one set of laws for black men and another set of laws for the rest of society?
joshua tanner January 18, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Calling rallies organized by MoveOn "Grassroots" is quite a stretch!
Teleman January 18, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Moveon and grassroots in the same sentence- that's freeking hilarious!
Mike C March 20, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Fly on the Wall....you should do some reading on the Rockefeller drug laws... We essentially do already have two sets of laws

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