Graffiti Artist Stirs Controversy with Anti-Gun Mural in Brooklyn

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Graffiti artist Russell Murphy painted an anti-gun mural in Brooklyn and it is starting to draw criticism from locals.

Murphy painted the words "Don't Shoot" in red, dripping on a sneaker shop's rolldown gate.

While some people like the curator Jenny Ulloa find the piece "amazing," some locals criticized the mural in a neighborhood Facebook page and local blog, calling it "uncreative," "ugly" and "inappropriate."

“They don't like the aesthetic of it and the language, and they feel that that is a misrepresentation of the neighborhood,” Ulloa explained.

However, Ulloa believes that the message is important for the neighborhood and that she believes that some people just want to sweep the issue under the rug.

“Of course, this is not the same neighborhood as it was 20 years ago, but [shootings are] still happening," she explained. "And even if it’s happening once a month, that’s one time too many."

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