Photos from Saturday by Eden
On Saturday afternoon, a group of community members came together to speak out against a tactical gear pop-up shop on Ninth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C.
OneTigris, a China-based company has an online business offering military-grade lifestyle tactical gear, opened on the block on Sept. 10. (Images below via the OneTigris website)
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Members of the community group, representing educators, faith-based groups, small business owners and anti-violence organizations, said they met with store management last Wednesday along with a member of the 9th Precinct's community relations team.
According to the group, the shop agreed to cancel the giveaway in light of community concerns. However, by the next day, the group members said the shop had "broken that agreement, mysteriously rebranding themselves as gun-safety educators."
This prompted Saturday's speak-out. Here's a copy of the flyer that circulated on social media...
Posing as a harmless community sports equipment store for the paintball and outdoor set, their website tells a different story — with hundreds of product photos and videos of men and women holding assault-style weapons.
One concerned resident shared this screengrab for the brand's Instagram account:
statistics showing that guns are the leading cause of death for children and teens in the United States.