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Members of the gun control activist group Gays Against Guns (GAG) will meet today at 6:00 p.m. in Union Square. They will then march to Times Square to hold a rally in protest of the brutal mass shooting that occurred last night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The march from Union Square starts at 6:30 p.m. and the rally in Times Square runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, taking place on the red staircase nearby the TKTS booth. Organizers decided to mount the action as a means of expressing the overwhelming outrage and sadness many continue to feel over the regular outbreaks of mass gun violence in the United States. Last night’s shootings during an outdoor country music festival claimed 58 lives and 515 injuries and is one of the 270 mass shootings that have occurred in the United States this year.
“America woke up this morning to news of yet another mass shooting,” said GAG member Natalie James. “GAG wants to say, if you care about the death and sorrow created by the gun industry, and the murder of your fellow citizens, please join us. If you are tired of sending thoughts and prayers but instead want to acknowledge that mass shootings reveal that our government has been hijacked by business interests and lobbyists, we want to see you tonight.”
Tonight’s action has been endorsed by the New York City Chapter of The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Local elected officials will be speaking at Times Square, as well as representatives from the Brady Campaign and GAG.
“Authorities are calling alleged gunman Stephen Paddock a ‘lone wolf shooter’ and are quick to point out that he had no association with terror groups, but the reality is all gun violence is domestic terror,” said GAG activist Terry Roethlein. “There are packs of potential lone wolf shooters roaming the United States every day, free to manifest their violent, paranoid impulses at will. That’s because our Congress and our President keep passing outrageously dangerous gun laws packaged and sold by the National Rifle Association, while Americans pay with their blood.”