On Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of gun control activists were expected to descend on Washington, D.C., for March for Our Lives, a group of Second Amendment activists gathered at Trump International Hotel only a few miles away.Flickr
Colin Valentine said they decided to come after seeing messages on the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Facebook page.
“People are mostly civil,” Valentine told the Post. “We are out here to express opposing views.”
According to the Post, event attendees held signs with sayings such as, “Keep your hands off my guns” and “If the Govt can have tanks, I can have my AR 15.”
Nicole Goeser, whose husband was shot and killed in a gun-free restaurant, told Fox 5 that on the night of his murder, her permitted handgun was locked in her car.
“My stalker did not obey the law, brought a gun into a gun-free zone illegally and shot my husband six times in front of me and everyone,” she said.
— Thom Bridge (@thom_g_bridge) March 24, 2018
Goeser added that she doesn’t think anyone should “feel ashamed” for standing up for their Second Amendment rights or for “wanting to protect themselves and their families.”
Christopher Russell, who planned on attending, told Fox 5 the only way to stop a bad guy with the gun is “having a law-abiding citizen with a firearm who wants to carry a firearm and is trained to do so.”
An estimated 1,000 people were expected to attend, and following the rally, participants were going to walk to the White House.