(OF) On Saturday, members of the queer anti-gun group Gays Against Guns staged a die-in at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. while hundreds others marched in the National Action Network’s Unity Rally in D.C. to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Protestors outside the memorial hoped tourists visiting the capital would take away the message that “the gun lobby is killing this country” and vote against politicians who are NRA “puppets.”
This isn’t the first die-in that the newly formed Gays Against Guns — its birth was a response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in mid June.
Die-ins have also been held outside the NYC offices of investment film BlackRock, which has shares in Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger, at NYC Pride, and outside CrossFit, which gave out a Glock as a prize for the 2016 CrossFit Games. On August 15, Gays Against Guns staged a die-in at BlackRock’s Manhattan office. The group was protesting against the world’s biggest investment manager because it has shares in Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson. The two companies are manufacturers of guns that have been used in mass shootings.
On that same day, the American Federation of Teachers launched a protest outside of the National Rifle Association’s D.C. office, which Gays Against Guns participated in. The gun violence prevention group then made its way to Martin Luther King memorial, then to the National Mall, and from there to the Lincoln Memorial.
The group claimed they took part in the march “to identify the chain of death that is the NRA, gun lobbyists, politicians held by the NRA and gun manufacturers,”John Grauwiler of New York City, told Washington D.C. radio station, WTOP.
Check them out in action below!