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Rally focuses on ending gun violence

Published on 10/2/2005

ALBANY -- Parents, public officials and peace activists called for new ways to combat gun violence at a rally on Tuesday.

"The first thing one thinks of when talking about peace and guns is the Iraq war, but peace issues are much bigger than that," said Bill Washburn, who teaches at the College of Saint Rose.

Barbara Smith, a community activist and candidate for Common Council, agreed that issues discussed on an international level also must be faced locally. "We can't have world peace without addressing quality of life where we live," she said.

The comments by Washburn and Smith came at a Say No to Gun Violence rally at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Lincoln Park. Speakers included Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Albany Police Chief James Turley and city Councilman Dominick Calsolaro.