The National Action Network, a civil rights organization found by Rev. Al Sharpton, is calling today a 'National Day of Outrage.' It is holding a rally in Times Square to protest what members call increasing gun violence. Also today, Mayor Bloomberg's organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns has taken out a full page ad in the Washington Post urging President Obama to adopt broad gun reforms in the wake of the shooting at Fort Hood.
This morning WNYC's Brian Lehrer spoke with Rev. Herbert Daughtry, pastor at the House of the Lord Pentecostal Church; Rossana Rosado, publisher and CEO of El Diario New York; and WNYC reporter Arun Venogopal who has a feature on the conflict between the NRA and Mayor Bloomberg's organization.
Below is the full conversation:
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is also holding events today at 4:30 p.m. at Borough Hall, 161st street Grand Concourse in response to the death of a 92-year-old Bronx woman, who fell victim to a stray bullet in October, and the killing last week of a 15-year-old, Vada Vasquez, who was hit in the head by a stray bullet in Queens.
Last week he discussed the issue of gang violence in the city with WNYC's Brian Lehrer. Here is the full conversation:
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