Bay Ridge United Methodist Church takes stand against gun violence
People gathered at the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church Sunday to rally against gun violence, which they say is a public health epidemic.
Members of Peace Action Bay Ridge gathered for a candlelit vigil against gun violence. They sought to take a stand against recent shootings like the Fort Lauderdale airport incident.
They also wanted honor the civil rights struggle of Martin Luther King Jr. by countering violence with nonviolence.
"We have a terrible gun problem in this country. We have more incidents of guns than any other developed country. The place is awash with guns and it's become a public health epidemic. Children are being killed, adults are being killed, there's more suicides and homicides. We've seen what happened in the airport the other day. We need gun control," says Vicki McFadden, Peace Action Bay Ridge President.
According to the NYPD, shootings have dropped in New York City, hitting record lows in 2016. However, members of Peace Action Bay Ridge say even one death is one too many.