NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — A group that included lawmakers and civic leaders led a rally and march against gun violence Sunday afternoon in Manhattan.

New York State Senators Malcolm Smith (D- St. Albans) and Gustavo Rivera (D- Bronx) were joined by Rev. Al Sharpton in calling for  for illegal guns to be taken off the streets.

The smiling faces of loved ones lost to gun violence decorated signs, shirts and buttons as the crowd marched.

More than 200 people showed up for the rally and chanted “Don’t Shoot New York” as they marched from the United Nations building to Times Square.

Wanda Manley’s 13-year-old nephew became a victim when he was gunned down in Queens as rival gangs shot it out.

“The bullet just traveled until it hit something and it hit him in the back of the head,” she told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell, “he was more than a quarter of a mile away.”

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell with the aunt of a gun-violence victim

Manley said the impact of the shooting was devastating.

“The whole family is still in counseling. I think it’s something that we’ll never, ever get over,” she said.

Sonia Rincon, of 1010 WINS, spoke with the mother of a teen gun violence victim, who died one year ago in Queens.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon speaks with people who came out to march

“We failed him.  I told him that he could be all that he could be.  He was a good kid,” she said.

One 13-year-old boy, who survived being struck in the head by a stray bullet at baseball practice in Brooklyn, was also among those at Sunday’s rally.

“I think the message is here that just stop the violence and do something productive with your life,” he said.

Sen. Smith spoke with 1010 WINS before the rally and said he hoped the march would send a loud message about seizing illegal guns, which he called “an international problem.”

“We understand that in order for New York City and state to be safe and secure, you have to get guns out of the street, get them out of the schools and get them out of our home. So this is an important day for everybody,” Smith said.

The rally is being presented by Operation SNUG (guns spelled backward), a statewide anti-violence initiative that works with local civic, religious and law enforcement officials to reduce killings and violence in addition to getting guns off the street.

Sunday’s march and rally was inspired in part by the tragic shootings in Arizona in early January.

“We are going to be calling for people to put down their guns. We know that New York is the financial capital of the world, but we also believe it could be the safest city in the world,” Smith said.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and media mogul Russell Simmons were originally scheduled to jointhe rally, but were unable to attend.

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Comments (14)
  1. JULIE says:


    1. Allen says:

      It is unreal after the permit was revoked in one area, someone can get a a permit in another area! What is the purpose of any regulation if you can shop a permit and the police are not required to do background checks.

      There is more follow-up for a driver’s license…..

  2. jerky joe says:

    I cannot believe that these people support violence of other kinds, and only want to stop gun violence. Talk about stuck on stupid.

  3. nyc says:

    Tens of thousands of Illegal guns on the streets of New York ! Where are all of these Illegal guns coming from ? I can’t believe no one can get a handle on this ! I believe it’s ok to own a gun legally and should be made easier for New York residents. STOP THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL GUNS !

  4. Luis says:

    Recently, a deranged man in New York City stabbed and killed four people and ran over and killed a fifth. I guess knife crimes don’t matter in New York. Bloomberg to this day has said nothing about that knife crime. He’s so focused on “gun crimes” that his obsession borders on the pathological.

  5. Micha says:

    Gun violence can be drastically lowered if people weren’t so anti-“snitch.” No one ever wants to cooperate with the police until its THEIR loved one who dies. I wish people would wake up and realize that the fate of their neighborhood is in their own hands..

  6. Eric says:

    Here’s another idea. How about Sharpton and his crew organizing these people to fix their broken inner-city culture which keeps producing the gang members and other thugs who commit these crimes. These people are amazing. They blame the guns instead of the criminals. Like blaming the car instead of the drunk drivers.

  7. jerseyjoey says:

    LOL, wow what a bunch of liberal trash here, they are going to call on people to put down thier guns, HAHAHA that just Liberlisticalbull, who are the people you idiots think commit the crimes with the guns, THUGS CRIMINALS TERRORISTS ETC, im sure they care what liberals have to say, THank GOD republicans are getting back in power , we will get our freedoms back from the leftist liberal traitors whom all seem to be from NYC.

  8. johnny says:

    Gun “permits” are only given to the rich and elite in NY like Bloombergs friends and other higher ups.

  9. A PErson says:

    I’m sure out Senators have armed security.
    Bloomy certainly does.
    I’m sure the good Rev. Sharpton was armed when he was getting his Brooklyn ministry foreclosed . This was of course before he made all of that payola helping Twany Brawley lie and moved it to Englewood.. No he can afford armed guards now.

    Who do these people really think they are?

  10. pat says:

    Where was Ray Kelly, probley at the Harvard Club mooching another free meal.

    Hey ray when you beat the check at the Harvard Club do you at least leave a couple of bucks on the table for the wait staff or do you rip them off to?

  11. pat says:

    Here’s a groundbreaking idea. How about the courts enforce the laws that are already on the books instead of these grandstanding politicians introducing and passing one law after another that everyone ignores.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Courts don’t enforce laws. police enforce laws. courts interpret law. did you miss that day in civics class or something?

      1. Jarhead1982 says:

        Since the BATF, government, judges, prosecuting attorneys, and police fail to enforce the Background Check more than 1% of the time, guess you missed out on that factoid eh Michael? USDOJ Background Check & Firearm Transfer report 2008.

        Or is it something you missed that when 1.67 million people have been rejected since 1994 and the BATF etc, etc, etc then prosecute less than 1% (1.66 million plus), or 100k people a year loose, that by law had committed a felony just by attempting to buy a firearm.

        You do realize that per DOJ Felons Firearms Use survey 1997, published Nov 2001, that in review with the previous report, that 95.52% off felons don’t even attempt to buy from a licensed source to begin with.

        That being true, what again is your point?

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