Advocates of stricter gun control measures are protesting outside the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Northern Virginia on Saturday. Organizers are pushing for, among other things, the revocation of the heavyweight group’s tax-exempt status, CBS News reports.
The “National March on the NRA” was expected to include activists from March for Our Lives and survivors from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The protest is intended to honor and remember victims of gun violence, and serve as a call to action for political leaders to strengthen gun safety regulations. Organizers want universal, comprehensive background checks for all gun sales, and a ban on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons. CBS News
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The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to assure that no special interest group or political agenda is more critical than the timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. We demand morally-just leaders to rise up from both parties in order to ensure public safety.
- Universal, comprehensive background checks
- Bringing the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) into the 21st century with a digitized, searchable database
- Funds for the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to research the gun violence epidemic in America
- High-capacity magazine ban
- A ban on semi-automatic assault rifles
We came together on March 24th and through continued unity, we will save lives. We will not stop our advocacy until we see the change we demand – a change that is necessary in order to save innocent lives across our nation.Marchforourlives
The teens will be joined by activists, protesters and survivors of gun violence to protest the NRA’s role in blocking gun-control legislation and defending sales of guns such as the AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used in the Parkland, Fla., massacre.
The protest, dubbed the “National March on the NRA,” will begin at noon. It is expected to last three hours.
Demonstrators say they will come with a number of demands and policy proposals.
Among them are a ban on high-capacity magazines and “any weapon of a caliber higher than .30-caliber or more and any rifle, long gun, or short-barreled rifle that fires in semi-automatic and takes self-loading magazines,” and the institution of universal background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. They also want a searchable database of gun owners run through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.