Indian American realtor on bike ride to protest gun violence

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Raj at Hiroshima Atom Bomb Dome, August 7, 2017 (PRNewsfoto/Raj Kohli)

An Indian American realtor, Raj Kohli, is doing a bicycle ride, from New York to Washington DC, against gun violence in America.

Statistics show that 35,000 people die of gun violence every year in the U.S. In comparison, only 3,000 people died in 9-11 terrorist attack in 2001. The U.S. has spent over $7 trillion in foreign wars since then, but is spending nothing at home to put a stop to senseless deaths, says Kohli, in a press release.

Jersey Bents is sponsoring Kohli’s bicycle for this ride, which started from near the Trump Tower, near Central Park in New York, on May 28th, Memorial Day, and with a rally, Kohli hopes.

Kohli posted his first video for this ride at 9:00 p.m. on May 13, 2018.

Raj Peace Ride – Japan 2017 (PRNewsfoto/Raj Kohli)

“I already have 133,000 views, on my Facebook page: RajRideForPeace,” he says. “People are interested in supporting my cause.  Most people.  Some, obviously, are not. It is a democracy.  We can disagree, hopefully not disagreeably.”

Kohli is asking people to do the following:

  1. Boycott the NRA
  2. Repeal the 2nd Amendment
  3. Boycott Amazon and Walmart for one day, on May 28, Memorial Day, because they sell guns.
  4. Boycott mutual funds and retirement funds, that have gun-related stocks in their portfolio.

“The idea is to reduce gun violence in the US and around the world, by reducing available guns,” Kohli explains. The more guns we have, the more people will die.  It’s a numbers game!

“I did a Peace Ride from 1981-1983, and last year again I rode my bike for Peace, from Tokyo to Hiroshima, in July/August 2017. There are 49 videos on the same Facebook page, ‘RajRideForPeace,’ relating to my Japan Peace Ride. For the Japan ride, a German bicycle company sponsored my bicycle,” he says.

Originally from India, Kohli, 63, is a realtor, married to an American and has one daughter. He lost 115 pounds after weight loss surgery, and proudly sports two artificial knees.

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