March Against Gun Violence Through City of Camden

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Local lawmakers, government officials, and area residents came together to march through the city streets to express their stance against what has been a growing threat in neighborhoods across the nation — gun violence.

“No to guns! No to guns! No to guns,” a man shouted into a megaphone.

“I’m here today hoping and praying that people come out, join the march, start stepping up, speaking up because we have to end this,” said Sharon Kelly of Pleasantville, Atlantic County.

For people like Kelly, Tuesday's march against gun violence hit home. Her son was killed in 2003 from multiple gunshot wounds in Philadelphia. Kelly joined many others who marched the streets of Camden to send a message.

“My son is smiling down on us today," said Kelly. 

We have a responsibility as the residents of this city to bring peace to this city.

The march was filled with people of different ages, backgrounds, and representing different groups from around the city, all of them with the same goal of stopping the gun violence from within their communities.

“We want to be an active part, and an active voice, to let people know, and let young people know, we want to live to be here another day,” said Tawanda Jones, who marched with the Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team.

“It’s not just the police's responsibility, it’s not just the Mayor’s responsibility," said Darryl Mack of Camden. "We have a responsibility as the residents of this city to bring peace to this city.”

Mack is the uncle of Gabby Hill Carter, an 8-year-old who was shot when she was riding her bicycle in the street last summer and died from her injuries. He believes that in order to really stop the gun violence in the streets, the community needs to come together and speak up.

“There are more people that know more things when it comes to crime in the city,” said Mack. “And they have this feeling of not snitching, but that has to stop.” 

“Gun violence has been cut, at least in half in Camden City since we started," said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. "But we have a long way to go."

The county's freeholder director points his fingers towards the United States Congress.

“There’s an epidemic of gun shootings throughout this nation," said Cappelli, Jr. "Too many people lose their lives to guns every year — over 30,000 last year. Washington needs to wake up. The NRA needs to be put in its place.”

At the end of the demonstrations, the marchers hoped their actions were another step in the journey to achieve a brighter, safer tomorrow.

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