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A red spray painted number 11, an apparent reference to the individuals slain in Pittsburgh, is seen on the "Guns in America" mural created by TIME and the artist JR on the Houston Bowery Wall in New York City.
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We asked participants in TIME and JR’s “Guns in America” project to react to the Pittsburgh shooting and to the spray painted “11” on the “Guns in America” mural in New York City. Here’s some of what they had to say:

Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative; co-founder, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence

Mollie Davis, student activist

Dr. Michael Foreman, trauma surgeon

Gabriella Hoffman, media strategist and Resurgent writer

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Ca.)

Kyleanne Hunter, Vice president of programs, Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

“As a Marine officer, I fought around the world to stop violent hate. The easy access to guns in this country has made already vile hate deadly. Every time an American kills another American we do the enemy’s job for them. With a week to the election it is incumbent on all of us to elect candidates that make gun violence prevention a priority. “

Curtis Lavarello, Executive director, School Safety Advocacy Council

Cassidy O’Neill, Graduate student, University of North Texas

John Feinblatt, President, Everytown for Gun Safety

Sharon Crossland, mortgage servicing specialist

Beth Poquette Drews, Teacher, middle school music

Amanda Johnson, Advocate, Texas Moms Demand Action

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