More than 150 protesters rallied in front of the National Rifle Association’s lobbying offices nearby Capitol Hill, berating the group’s role in maintaining easy, unfettered access to firearms in the United States.
The NRA has been completely silent on the mass-shooting in Connecticut, even shutting down its own Facebook page. Meanwhile, 150,000 people have signed a White House petition demanding the president take action on gun control.
Attendees at Monday’s rally, organized by CREDO, held signs reading “Teachers stand up to gunmen but Congress won’t stand up to the NRA” and “ARMS ARE FOR HUGGING — GUN CONTROL NOW”. With chants of “shame on the NRA,” the group marched from Spirit of Justice Park to the NRA’s Federal Affairs Division, which is responsible for the organization’s lobbying efforts.
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One protester, Eddie Weingart, held a sign reading “I’m a victim of gun violence.” Weingart witnessed his mother being shot and killed by her ex-husband with a 12-gauge shotgun in 1981. “He then turned the gun on me,” Weingart explained. “The gun malfunctioned and that’s the reason why I’m here today.” His loss has drove him to do whatever he can to prevent other similar tragedies.
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In the decade between 2000 and 2009, more than 298,000 people were killed by gunshots in the U.S., almost 30,000 people a year. Excluding natural causes of death such as heart attacks and cancer, gunfire was the second-leading cause of death; only automobile accidents killed more people.