By AATTP contributing author Sky Palma from Dead State
In a bizarre and disturbing spectacle on Thursday, the NRA utilized armed security to force mothers of victims of gun violence to leave the organization’s headquarters.
Carrying a petition with over 150,000 signatures calling for universal background checks, the groups MomsRising.org and the Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence traveled to NRA headquarters in Virginia to deliver the petition directly. The petition also called for a ban on high-capacity magazines, a ban on military-style assault rifles and new laws that target gun trafficking.
But in a report by local TV station WUSA, a plainclothes security guard and an armed uniformed guard can be seen refusing to accept the large stack of signatures and then forcibly asking the gun safety advocates to leave the NRA’s property.
The NRA’s response to the petitioners is another example of a long litany of puritanical resistance to any opposing debate on the gun control issue. With numerous examples of bizarre statements and behavior from NRA leaders such as Wayne LaPierre and David Keene, meeting the petitions of victims of gun violence with the cold rejection of armed security guards is just another chapter in the history of the NRA’s thoughtless and reckless PR machine.
Watch the WUSA report in the video below.
For more of Sky’s work, check out his blog Dead State