Offbeat Protesters stage ‘die in’ in front of Capitol on anniversary of Pulse shooting

20:41  12 june  2018
20:41  12 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Rally Is Among Many of Local Rallies Held on the Second Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting . [Washington D.C.] – On June 12, students will gather in front of the Capitol to protest as a part of National Die - In Day.

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a group of people standing in front of a building © Provided by The Hill Demonstrators from across the country staged die-in demonstrations on Tuesday, including on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as part of a nationwide campaign to protest gun violence and call for comprehensive gun reforms.

Protesters dropped to the ground in front of the Capitol building for 12 minutes - 720 seconds, symbolic of the approximate number of mass shooting victims in the past two years - to illustrate the effect of what they see as "lethal legislative inaction."

"If we don't do monthly demonstrations, the noise goes away," Nurah Abdulhaqq, one of the founders of the National Die-In movement, told The Hill. "If [lawmakers] can sell themselves out with constituents dying, that's pretty sad and they're cowards."

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The action will take place on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and will include a die - in at noon in front of the Capitol in Washington DC and another in Orlando. The teenage organizers are hoping to spark additional

Tuesday marks the two-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. And student activists from around the country are planning " die -ins" on June 12 — National Die - In Day — in front of state capitols , city halls, government buildings and NRA offices.

The protest, which drew victims of gun violence as participants, comes on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. The gunman killed 49 before being shot by police, in what became the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. at the time.

Political speeches - including one by Matt Deitsch, a survivor of February's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., and a founder of the March for Our Lives Movement - preceded the die-in.

"I'm here for Pulse, I'm here for Stoneman Douglas, I'm here for every single mass shooting since, and every single mass shooting that is going to continue until we do something," Deitsch said.

Other rallies are taking place today in major cities such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Organizers of the national branch encouraged sister rallies to stage die-ins at state capitols, city halls, government buildings, and regional offices of the National Rifle Association, the gun lobby group that has been a target of gun control activists.

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The protest , set to be held on the second anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., will include die -ins in front of the U.S. Capitol and in Orlando, The Guardian reported.

Arizona students occupy Capitol buildings in ' die - in '. About 80 students staged a walkout and a rally to protest gun violence and to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School.

The student survivors of the Parkland school shooting who have organized to advocate gun control also want legislators to refuse financial contributions from the NRA, which spent $5 million in lobbying in 2017.

"The NRA will meet with Russian donors but will refuse to meet with the children of Parkland," Deitsch said, referring to recent reports that NRA officials dined with Russians in Moscow in 2016. "We need morally just leaders, not the people who are currently serving us."

Lawmakers face intense pressure from activists to act to prevent mass shootings. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 97 percent of Americans support universal background checks for purchasing firearms, a hallmark of gun control reform.

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Organizers of the student group said they will stage a " die - in " protest , in which they will lie on the ground to simulate deaths from school shootings . CLOSE. Protesters and marchers faced off and debated gun control at the March For Our Lives at the Arizona State Capitol on March 24, 2018.

Democracy Dies in Darkness. Sections. The students then plan to march to the Capitol for a rally and to deliver letters to lawmakers calling for tougher gun-control measures. Columbine High does not hold classes on the anniversary of the 1999 shooting , a practice that began the year after the

Die-ins, a form of protest made popular in recent years by opponents of the Iraq War and police brutality, have also become a tactic of the gun control movement. Organizers of the National Die-In said they received support from David Hogg and Emma González, two Parkland, Fla., students and founders of the March for Our Lives movement.

Hogg first brought die-ins as a form of protest to the gun control movement last month, when he led a protest at several Publix supermarkets to protest the chain's financial backing of pro-gun rights gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam in Florida.

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The same day, Publix announced it would suspend corporate contributions to Putnam's campaign.

Other groups, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Patriot Picket, also attended the rally. Financial backing came from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization that aims to reduce deaths from shootings by half by 2025.

Student Protesters Hold Die-Ins Nationwide To Push For Stronger Gun Laws .
On the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, advocates called for faster action on gun reform.WASHINGTON ― Young gun violence prevention advocates gathered in Washington and elsewhere around the country on Tuesday, issuing a call to action on the second anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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