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‘Silence Equals Death’: Gun Control Advocates Protest In Times Square

August 04, 2019 - 6:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Gays Against Guns—a group founded after the Pulse nightclub shooting—is once again on the streets asking for more stringent gun laws.

A few hundred protesters marched from Bryant Park to Times Square on Sunday, calling for more comprehensive gun laws following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this weekend that left at least 29 people dead and dozens more injured.

“What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!” protesters chanted.

Protesters with glittery signs and a long, rainbow banner encouraged passing tourists to join in: “This is the most American think you could do today!”

The march was led by the "human beings"—people shrouded in a white veil and holding photos of victims from Charleston, Sandy Hook, Orlando and other shootings.

Gays Against Guns organizer J.W. Walker says the message is that angry tweets and Facebook posts aren’t enough anymore.

“We actually have to get out into the streets if you want the powers that be to understand how important this is to the American people,” Walker said.

He’s calling for universal background checks and an assault weapons ban.

“Silence equals death. You have to get out. You have to honor them with action,” Walker said.