Today, the Women’s March marches again. First, they gathered at the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia for a rally then they started the 18-mile march towards the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
The #NRA2DOJ march was organized in response to a National Rifle Association ad which called gun-owners to action. “The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth,” blared the ad.
Today, the #NRA2DOJ march honors the victims of gun violence and marches for gun control. In response to the ad, the Women’s March released the following statement: “At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in racially charged incidents and violence motivated by hate speech, it is unconscionable for a powerful organization like yours to peddle an ‘us versus them’ narrative”.
As part of the march, a tribute to Sandy Hook victims was erected outside the NRA headquarters. Twenty-eight people were killed, including twenty children, during a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012.
A statement was read from Philando Castile’s mother. Castile was killed by a police officer in 2016 during a routine traffic stop. Castile was legally armed and informed the police officer he was armed but was killed anyway. The NRA faced criticism for their silence following Castile’s death, as he was a law-abiding gun owner. A month after the police officer was handed a not-guilty verdict, the NRA finally called the incident a “terrible tragedy”.
Gun owners joined the march as well. Some gun owners rally for “common-sense gun restrictions”, such as barring domestic abusers and those on the No-Fly List from obtaining firearms.
In response to the march, the NRA posted a tweet suggesting that those taking part in the march prepare themselves.
Meanwhile, the Women’s March has been sharing tweets of participants of the march.