Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg funding anti-gun violence protest at City Hall

This article originally appeared in The Daily News on June 13th.

The former mayor is funding the second annual Brooklyn Bridge March and Rally to End Gun Violence, which begins Saturday at Cadman Plaza Park and ends outside the building where he held power for 12 years, sources said.

BY  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:51 PM
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiBRYAN SMITHFormer Mayor Michael Bloomberg is funding the second annual Brooklyn Bridge March and Rally to End Gun Violence.

A small army of Americans fed up with gun violence will be marching Saturday on City Hall.

And they will be marching on Michael Bloomberg’s dime.

The former mayor is funding the second annual Brooklyn Bridge March and Rally to End Gun Violence, which begins at Cadman Plaza Park and ends outside the building where he held power for 12 years, sources said.

More than 200 demonstrators — including angry moms from 20 states chanting, “Not one more!” — are expected to make the trek.

They will be channeling the fury of Richard Martinez, who scolded gutless politicians after his son was gunned down by Elliot Rodger, the vicious virgin who went on a killing spree in California out of apparent sexual frustration.

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiDAVID HANDSCHUH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSJoining her onstage will be Erica Lafferty, daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung. Neither Bloomberg nor the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, is expected to be there.

“He said we don’t have to live this way, and I think it is so courageous to use your grief and your agony to make things better for other Americans,” Shannon Watts, founder of the Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said of Martinez.

Lucia McBath, a Georgia mom whose 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, who was shot dead in a dispute over loud music, will also be there. “This fight is my life,” she said. “I don’t want anybody else to die.”

Joining her onstage will be Erica Lafferty, daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung and actress Amanda Peet. Neither Bloomberg nor the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, is expected to be there.

The demonstration comes just days after a 15-year-old teen went on a deadly rampage at an Oregon high school using the AR-15 rifle he took from his father’s arsenal to kill freshman Emilio Hoffman.

Actress Amanda Peet is also expected to attend the protest.CHARLES SYKES/CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/APActress Amanda Peet is also expected to attend the protest.

Sen. Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, both Bronx Democrats, are trying to ensure that doesn’t happen here.

They have introduced “Nicholas’ Law,” which would require gun owners to lock their weapons and store them away.

Nicholas’ Law is named after Nicholas Naumkin, a 12-year-old Saratoga Springs boy, who was fatally shot by a pal playing with his dad’s unlocked gun.

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Author: sabrinacaserta

Sabrina Caserta, born and bred in Bronx, New York, is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News and Street Sense- a homeless-run street paper located in the District. As a member of Roger Williams University’s class of 2016, Sabrina studied Journalism and Political Science. This fueled her passion for social justice reporting, including issues of homelessness, institutionalized racism, poverty, education and the environment. She also served as the Project Director of the nation-brand initiative, The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, and as a Resident Assistant for three years. As an avid reader, health enthusiast and travel addict, Sabrina enjoys yoga, cooking and writing in her spare time. She aspires to one day be an investigative journalist and travel the world. Twitter: @sabrinacaserta Email: sabcaserta AT gmail DOT com

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