To commemorate the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, pro-gun control activists across the nation hosted “die-ins,” including in front of the nation’s Capitol Building. The official “die-in” lasted on the lawn for twelve minutes, but the protesters then moved to Republican Senate offices.
Protesters first went to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who was not in the office at the time. Despite Cruz not being in the office, the activists laid down on the ground and chanted “Where’s Ted” and “We’re not leaving!”Julio Rosas/IJR
They went to Cruz’s office because of his support for the National Rifle Association.
The next office the protesters went to was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) and chanted a demand for him to hold a vote for “common sense gun legislation.”Julio Rosas/IJR
Among the leaders for the group of activists was Matt Deitsch, Chief Strategist for March For Our Lives, who told IJR they want to hold “NRA sellouts” accountable.
Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the shooting that prompted students to create March for Our Lives, happened alongside multiple failures from law enforcement and the school district, Independent Journal Review asked Deitsch if the activists planned to hold a “die-in” at a place like the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
In short, no such event will take place at either the Broward County Sheriff’s Office or the Broward County Public School district offices.
“I think there are things we can do at the federal level that would never make any of those lesser people responsible for something like that,” Deitsch replied.
Deistch said his group wanted “morally just leaders at all levels” so they can “save the most lives as possible.” He also said they favored Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) allowing his chamber to consider universal background checks.