National March on NRA protests gun violence at Fairfax HQ

By Alejandro Alvarez 
and Abigail Constantino

Edited by : Christina Ann

Protesters took to the streets outside the National Rifle Association to demand stricter gun laws near the nation’s largest gun lobby. They pushed for increased restrictions on downloadable weapons and called on the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the NRA’s tax-exempt status.

WASHINGTON — Over five months after the Parkland shooting, protesters took to the streets outside the National Rifle Association to demand stricter gun laws near the nation’s largest gun lobby.

In the latest demonstration against gun violence following the deadly Florida shooting, protesters shut down a portion of Waples Mill Road outside the NRA’s Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters on Saturday afternoon.

They were joined by Stoneman Douglas survivors David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez — who, together with other March for Our Lives organizers, are currently on a nationwide “Road for Change” bus tour advocating for gun regulation and registering voters ahead of the November midterm elections.

Among the demands fielded outside the NRA were comprehensive background checks, a freeze on high-capacity magazines, and an assault weapons ban.

Protesters also pushed for increased restrictions on downloadable weapons — as a national debate builds on whether the public should be able to freely access blueprints for 3D-printed guns. They also called on the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the NRA’s tax-exempt status.

“My cousin was gunned down two years ago, that’s what motivated me,” Nurah Abdulhaqq, an young activist from Atlanta, told WTOP. “Inner city gun violence matters, everyday shootings matter.”

Among the victims was Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who would have turned 18 on Saturday. In remembrance, his father, Manuel, painted a mural depicting Joaquin looking past a candlelight vigil, with the words “we demand to blow out our candles.”

Other movements showing support included the Women’s March, which held a protest that gathered some 5 million people worldwide — more than 500,000 people in D.C. alone — on January 21, 2017, one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

 

 

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