Springfield, Boston teens frustrated by gun violence protest at Smith & Wesson factory gates (photos)

Springfield, Boston teens frustrated by gun violence protest at Smith & Wesson factory gates (photos)

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SPRINGFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Project had planned Friday’s protest outside the Smith & Wesson factory gates well before a gunman took the lives of 49 people in two shootings at mosques in New Zealand. But those shootings, only hours old, weighed heavily on the roughly 50 young people and adult chaperones who gathered for the protest on Roosevelt Avenue in favor of stricter gun controls. Jenedi Mohamed, 18, a senior at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, said he was apprehensive about attending traditional Friday night prayers at his mosque. “That is where I go to pray to Allah,” he said. “If I don’t feel safe in a place of prayer, something is wrong.” Maana Daud, also a student at the High School of Commerce, said she too is a Muslim. “It happened to Muslims in New Zealand,” she said. “But it can happen to anyone.” ‘Hello brother, welcome;’ Why Boston Shaykh Yasir Fahmy can’t get Muslim greeting uttered to New Zealand mass shooter out of his head Faith leaders, city officials and worshippers came together in Roxbury to condemn the attacks at two mosques in New Zealand. The Pioneer Valley Project is an organization of teens, religious groups, labor unions and others that advocates around issues like criminal justice reform, education, housing and stopping gun violence. The event was also organized by the B-Peace for Jorge Campaign of the Episcopalian Dioceses of Massachusetts in Boston. Jorge was 19-year-old Jorge Fuentes, who was murdered while walking his […]

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