Philly community uses rally, motorcade to drive home message: 'too many guns'

Hadas Kuznits
August 17, 2019 - 1:41 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Community members, state representatives and victims of gun violence gathered in South Philadelphia on Saturday to say “enough is enough.” 

The anti-gun violence rally came three days after a gunman in North Philadelphia opened fire on police, shooting and wounding six officers.

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It started at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue and was followed by an anti-gun violence motorcade led by a hearse, organized by State Representative Movita Johnson-Harel.

“We have a procession that goes down, look how far it goes down," she said, "at lease 50 cars!”

The message: there are too many automatic weapons and other guns on the streets, and something needs to be done about it right now.

Among those participating was Carmen Pagan. She lost her brother to gun violence three years ago.

"Ever since his murder, I have vowed that I would be more involved in my community,” she said. “It’s definitely too many guns. Guns, drugs, poverty, education, all this ties into this.”

State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta says gun violence in Philadelphia and across the nation is out of control.

“With all the guns that we have in this country, we could give a gun to every man, woman and child and still have extra guns," he said.

Participants made noise from their cars on Broad Street all the way up to Cheltenham Avenue to literally drive home their message:

“People should not have access to AR-15s and AR-47s on our streets," Kenyatta said. "These are weapons of war. These are weapons that we use on theaters of combat. These are not weapons that should be available at Broad and Erie.”