On Tuesday, gun control activists held a “die-in” in various locations across the country on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida, in 2016.
The day has been marked as National Die-In Day as student activists laid down in front of state capitols, NRA offices, and government buildings. Some students even organized outside of President Donald Trump’s house in Mar-a-Lago.
Most notably, one of the locations was in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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However, during the event, the students were being protected by police officers who were armed with guns.
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During the March for Our Lives, where hundreds of thousands of activists walked the streets in protest for increased gun control, heavily armed security protected the Parkland students, who have become public figures.
Parkland student celebrities leave the march under heavily armed police guard pic.twitter.com/E2Dpq9IC0W
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 24, 2018
Here are some of the signs activists brought to the event on Tuesday:
“Congress, you’re killing us”Julio Rosas/IJR
“Stop killing us”Julio Rosas/IJR
“You can’t put a silencer on us”Julio Rosas/IJR
March for Our Lives chief strategist Matt Deitsch, who was present at the event, told IJR that the current leaders in our country are not “morally just.”
“If they’re willing to allow that system to perpetuate, they aren’t doing what’s morally just,” he stated. “They’re not making a system that benefits the most people or keeps us safe or keeps the vulnerable groups safe.”
After its “die-in” in front of the Capitol, the group went to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) office to protest his outspoken defense of gun rights in America.