Election 2012

Protesters at Debate Want Discussion of Gun Violence, Incarceration Rate

Too much in both cases, they say

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About two dozen people carrying signs in front of a Hofstra University entrance Monday had a message for President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney: Gun violence and mass incarceration are among the most ignored issues of the 2012 election.

The group, which included several school children, is hoping to make the candidates, who are scheduled to debate at the university in Hempstead Tuesday, more aware, said the Rev. Johnny Youngblood, a Brooklyn minister.

"We want them to at least consider these as issues," said Youngblood, whose Mount Pisgah Baptist Church and United We Stand USA organized the protest.