DC anti-NRA march draws some protesters, but not much respect

As Twitchy reported, gun control activists spent the weekend gearing up for a D.C. protest against the NRA. Today’s march, organized by left-wing wireless reseller CREDO Mobile, was meant to shame the NRA into accepting guilt for last week’s horrific murders in Newtown, Conn., and to push for tougher gun control legislation.

Hmmm … so not many, then.

Just how many protesters did show up? Some estimate about 200:

But Politico puts the number at a whopping 75:

Ouch! That’s only slightly better than Sandra Fluke-level turnout.

Prior to the march, some were rightly concerned about the safety of those at the NRA headquarters, as death threats against NRA president David Keene and NRA members have escalated in recent days. Fortunately, regardless of how many people were there, the protest remained violence-free.

But is the protesters’ anti-violence message really all it’s cracked up to be?

Indeed.

Prohibiting self-defense only weakens those who need it.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t seem as though the protesters were terribly successful in getting their message across:

Maybe next time.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    I wonder if these people support the right to kill unborn children?

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    I wonder if these people support the right to kill unborn children?

  • walterc

    If we were to teach gun safety in the classroom, we might raise fewer of these kids that think they are extending a video game by doing this. If nothing else if the teacher goes down shooting, the kids will at least know how to pick up the gun and defend themselves rather than waiting to be slaughtered. Age appropriate gun safety as part of the curriculum starting in kindergarten with actual range time starting in Jr High.

    • Jason4Breakfast

      I get where you’re coming from, but kids in kindergarten have a hard enough time not hurting themselves with scissors and playground equipment. Is putting guns in the classroom reall the best solution we can come up with?

      • RogueRose

        All the teachers in Israel are armed, open carry weapons. When was the last time you ever heard there was any incident or accident involving those weapons? Let’s give the principal more options than to hopelessly lunge at an armed intruder. Or a teacher to stand between her students and an armed gunman with nothing but courage and honor to protect those innocent lives. Time to let these gunman know schools are no longer undefended shooting galleries full of innocent, unarmed victims.

        • Jason4Breakfast

          This site says that they are not armed.

          http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23572/Default.aspx

          Aside from that, even if they were, Israel has conscripted military service in the IDF, so anyone who’d be a teacher would have at least two years of military training. In the US, this year alone, 120 police officers have been killed in the line of duty, 2 by “accidental shooting” (source: http://www.odmp.org/search/year). That’s with an average of 12 years of experience. I don’t think it would be realistic to expect chubby-cheeked blue-haired teachers to fare any better if you gave her a gun tomorrow.

          That link to Israel Today does say that some schools have armed security personnel, and I was thinking that some sort of National Guard presence would be more likely and more effective, if that’s the route we wanted to take.

          Not only that, but schools are barely able to afford to keep going as it is: class sizes are larger than ever, and schools can barely stay current with textbooks. Where would the money to buy every teacher guns and bullets come from?

          Like I said, I see where you’re coming from, but I personally believe it’s not the best idea we as a country can put forth. The fact of the matter is, though, we all want the same thing: safer children.

      • walterc

        Thus the age appropriate part of the comment. Having the teacher armed and properly trained with the gun they carry, given the chance they can fight back rather than placing themselves in front of the children and absorbing the bullets. I’d rather have a teacher with a gun rather than running a shooting gallery as we had last week.

  • walterc

    If we were to teach gun safety in the classroom, we might raise fewer of these kids that think they are extending a video game by doing this. If nothing else if the teacher goes down shooting, the kids will at least know how to pick up the gun and defend themselves rather than waiting to be slaughtered. Age appropriate gun safety as part of the curriculum starting in kindergarten with actual range time starting in Jr High.

  • Kim

    I’m going to protest Goose Island next time someone dies in a drunk driving accident. These people have no idea how flawed their logic is.

  • Kim

    I’m going to protest Goose Island next time someone dies in a drunk driving accident. These people have no idea how flawed their logic is.

  • MaddMedic
  • NitroBruce

    When I was in grade school a State Conservation officer would come to the school an teach Gun Safety every year! We in the ‘sticks’ knew right from wrong though!

    • louisiana_mom

      They still do that here. :-)
      My son just graduated from the class and can now obtain his hunting license.

  • NitroBruce

    When I was in grade school a State Conservation officer would come to the school an teach Gun Safety every year! We in the ‘sticks’ knew right from wrong though!

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    For the first time in my life I’m not proud of my country.

  • http://twitter.com/JadedByPolitics JadedByPolitics

    I wish they would do these on weekends (obviously they have no jobs) because the numbers AGAINST them would be huge!

  • genomega

    DC has draconian gun laws and is one of the most dangerous cities in America.

    • louisiana_mom

      The same with Chicago. But on the other end, Switzerland and Israel have the lowest murder rates and the government arms its citizens… Let’s see… take guns away, crime goes up… arm citizens and crime goes down… Personally, I think they want crime to go up, part of that bottom up, top down strategy Van Jones was talking about…

  • HARP2

    Hmmmm…..slightly larger than a Sandra Fluke rally.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

      And as revelent

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

      And as revelent

  • Danny Wheeler

    Oh, for the love of…

  • Jack Deth

    Wow!

    Great photos of a Zombie Jamboree.

    I’ve been part of a larger crowd ordering pizza from Dominos for a company picnic!

    Also, noticed a sign wanting to freeze the NRA’s assets. What might those be? And what insidious places might they be kept after continuous audits from the IRS during the Clinton administrations?

    These losers picked a great day to protest. A cold, damp Monday. Tailor made for afternoon naps.

    Jeebus!

    One of these idiots must have asked their grandparents what to put on their signs.
    “Arms are for Hugging” Really?!!!

    Plagiarize much? Shades of the 60’s and “You Can’t Hug Your Kids With Nuclear Arms!” Christ! No points for originality!

    I would say that these numb nuts are dumber than a sack of hammers, but that would disparage the canvas sack of hammers I keep in the basement.

    • orringtonmom (D)

      exactly my thought re: the slogans. hello? the 80s want their protest sign back so they can beat you over the head with it.

    • Dimi

      Are you a cowboy?

  • douchie

    We are living in scary times. An organization that fights for the individual’s right to selfdefense is demonized and attacked at just the time it is needed most.

    • Dimi

      The rest of the world does not understand your gun culture. It is something unique to Americans. We don’t get it.

      • douchie

        Here is a simple illustration of our pro-liberty culture that some in the rest of the world “don’t get.”
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muHg86Mys7I

        • Dimi

          That is the most torturous thing I have watched in a long time. Would you like a nuclear weapon to go with your gun collection?. Guns are designed to take life. You don’t have the right to one just because your alive. It’s not like food or shelter. Darling you are so confused.

          • douchie

            I can’t afford a nuclear weapon and concealing one would be almost impossible. Plus I don’t see the logic in using a nuclear weapon to defend my life and property from a thug breaking in my back window.

            What is your plan to deal with a home invasion/robbery?

  • TomJB

    Those are some high quality signs they have there. Are we supposed to believe they went from conception to design to printing in less than 72 hours? More like they’ve had them saved up for such a catalyst event. Ghouls

    • Dimi

      Of course with the number of guns that everybody has you don’t have to be psychic to know there will be one mass shooting after another in the land of the ‘free’

  • Robbi Drake

    I think it’s interesting that the NRA compelled these murders but all of the “activists” out there who read it in the news, read the hundreds of incorrect news stories, read the sensational garbage does not believe that the media which has promoted, glorified, publicized and given these idiots their moment of fame, should be held responsible.. . and how they HONESTLY believe that despite evidence in nearly every country on earth which has removed guns and controlled them, that this time.. here, in THIS place, it’s going to work and all gun crime will magically and mystically fall to the wayside..although many countries with MUCH worse crime have much more stringent rules. It never ceases to amaze me how willing people are to speak up without a clue what they are talking about. God Bless America– LOL

    • Dimi

      Why won’t gun control work?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jurry.vanark Jurry Van Ark

        The scope of firearm ownership in the US is beyond the ability of regulations to control it to any degree that would have any effect on incidents like this most recent one. Placing a ban on all ownership would create a huge swath of criminals who would not turn over banned weapons, turning otherwise honest citizens into felons. A large portion of law-abiding gun owners would simply ignore the law, all criminals would ignore it. Restricting new sales would take generation after generation to have any impact, and even then it would be minimal with millions being disenfranchised in the process. Any restrictions of new sales, with no restriction of existing guns would simply exponentially increase the price of the firearms, lowering ownership by middle and low income people. Blacks and other minorities, in particular would be disproportionately affected since they disproportionately make up these income groups, groups that are more likely to be subjects of violent crimes. This tragedy took place where there are some of the most restrictive laws are in place already, and they worked to prevent him from buying a firearm I understand. It is a fact that many of the areas with highest rates of violent crime are also host to the most restrictive gun ownership regulations. Gun control has been tried and tried and simply has no impact. Any suggestion that gun control will prevent further tragedies such as this are simply prostituting these horrible events for a political agenda. You can’t control criminals or the mentally ill, laws mean nothing to them.

        • Dimi

          Well things are not looking good. If you can’t get rid of the guns there will always be people that you feel threatened by mental, criminals, politicians…. I hope you Americans are good at judging when you need to fire!

  • 1SkepticalChick

    Hmmm…I do believe I’ve seen some of these protesters before. Only they were dressed as giant lady parts.

  • Dimi

    Wow some of you don’t realise how brainwashed you are. Australia has not had one mass shooting since gun control in 1997. Those kids would not have died with the same controls. Shame on the Americans who did not attend the protests. Morons.

    • Jack Deth

      Brilliant comment from a continent that started out as a penal colony Merry Olde England. Where people are subjects instead of citizens with inalienable, Constitutional Rights.

      The second is the right to keep and bear arms. Which keeps the first alive and well. No matter how often liberals try to erode, degrade and destroy them.

      This so called “protest” accomplished absolutely NOTHING. Divided equally amongst those in this meager gathering who were sad enough to congregate.

      Also a near useless first comment from Dimi.

      • Dimi

        You are not protecting the ones who need it. Going on about your constitutional rights to bear arms is completely out of context. Your constitution was written at a different time under circumstances you could never imagine. Move on.

        • Jack Deth

          “Your constitution was written at a different time under circumstances you could never imagine.”

          Yes. But it WAS written.

          With an initial statement. “Congress shall make no law.”

          You are also blaming everything and every one but a deranged man who sought vengeance behind the trigger of a simple machine.

          In layman’s terms: The weapon is not to blame. The person manipulating it is.

          Also, your final, “Move on” is simplistic in the extreme and speaks of a weak and narrow mind.

          • Dimi

            Your right… I have never been to your country, I really have no idea what it’s like living in a country where there are 34 people killed every day from a gun. We only have around 400 a year and most of that is suicide. You are a violent and narrow minded person Mr Deth…. Is that your real name?

    • TomJB

      Right, Dimi. These things only happen in countries without gun control. Like:

      Scotland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunblane_school_massacre

      Norway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks

      Germany http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/11/AR2009031100563.html

      France http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Borel

      I think you should change your name to Dhimmi. It would be much more appropriate, though subservience to government rather than religion.

      • Dimi

        How many shootings has your country had in the past year?

  • http://twitter.com/cmonte112 carlo112

    I nearly broke down when I first heard about this incident. But guns and social alienation are too embedded within American culture to just sign away with a presidential decree. We, and especially in the white, privileged sections of America; live in our own circumscribed little boxes where nobody else is allowed inside. Ask any Russian or Chinese what they think of, say, (white) America’s practice of moving as far away from your own family as soon as you’re able to, or dropping your kids off in daycare to be watched over by inexperienced strangers while both parents work 9-5 jobs and more. And yes, to the lady in the article who said “stuff like this doesn’t happen in Newtown”, you’re right. To repeat this trite point, “stuff like this” has been happening in the inner cities, Indian reservations, and barrios for decades already, but now that social decay has reached the suburbs, it finally makes the news. And by the way, let’s keep smoking weed and doing crack knowing full well that the dollars we spend on it are destroying our own southern border. America is unraveling at the seams.

    • Dimi

      It sounds like you have a good insight into what is going on. I can’t understand how after what happened to those babies there are people going on about their rights to bear arms. Especially to not support a ban on assault weapons. American people should be trying to do everything promote peace.

  • Duane Jeffreys

    Anything to keep from fixing the problem. gotta love the amount of ignorance in this country. We largely ignore urban, gang related gun crime, then get upset when it happens in our suburban schools.

    Arm the teachers, teach the kids. Take responsibility. Three easy steps that would pretty much guarantee a permanent end to school-gun violence. These offenders are targeting schools because they’re easy targets.

    Gun control resolves nothing. but the the libtards still refuse to admit it. All the so-called gun safety measures, and the problem has only continued.

    The libtards bring in statistics, then conveniently leave out the important data of those statistics. They reach, claw, and dig for anything they can blame whenever something tragic happens, and staunchly oppose any opinion that dissents from their own.

    But like I said before, despite all that we have done already which doesn’t work, these people will never admit that they’re wrong.

    If they succeed, there will be innocent blood in the streets as law abiding gun owners are persecuted, harassed, shamed, and ridiculed, simply for believing, (correctly) that they have a right to possess the means to protect themselves.

    If gun owners are smart, at that point, they’ll band together and the start of the last war this country will ever fight will begin. I say the last war because this nation will not exist afterward. If we fight another domestic (civil) war, nobody will win this time.

    All because of a few fear mongering morons.

    Goodnight, and God Bless, folks.

    edited for the misuse of the word “their,” (meant there) second time today I’ve done that!

  • Duane Jeffreys

    Anything to keep from fixing the problem. gotta love the amount of ignorance in this country. We largely ignore urban, gang related gun crime, then get upset when it happens in our suburban schools.

    Arm the teachers, teach the kids. Take responsibility. Three easy steps that would pretty much guarantee a permanent end to school-gun violence. These offenders are targeting schools because they’re easy targets.

    Gun control resolves nothing. but the the libtards still refuse to admit it. All the so-called gun safety measures, and the problem has only continued.

    The libtards bring in statistics, then conveniently leave out the important data of those statistics. They reach, claw, and dig for anything they can blame whenever something tragic happens, and staunchly oppose any opinion that dissents from their own.

    But like I said before, despite all that we have done already which doesn’t work, these people will never admit that they’re wrong.

    If they succeed, there will be innocent blood in the streets as law abiding gun owners are persecuted, harassed, shamed, and ridiculed, simply for believing, (correctly) that they have a right to possess the means to protect themselves.

    If gun owners are smart, at that point, they’ll band together and the start of the last war this country will ever fight will begin. I say the last war because this nation will not exist afterward. If we fight another domestic (civil) war, nobody will win this time.

    All because of a few fear mongering morons.

    Goodnight, and God Bless, folks.

    edited for the misuse of the word “their,” (meant there) second time today I’ve done that!

  • Dimi

    The Australian news reports that there will be a push to restrict automatic assault weapons. Is that right? Do any of you cowboys and cowgirls have a problem with that? If so why?

    • douchie

      Automatic weapons were restricted in the 1930’s. How slow are Australian news agencies?

      • Dimi

        Ok what is a gun called that can fire 45 rounds in a minute? Can that be banned? Or do you cow people need them?

        • douchie

          It’s your ignorance of the subject that annoys me most. Irrational hate is usually preceded by blinding ignorance. You’re a textbook example.

          • Dimi

            Well I am privileged to be educated by you .. I know I’m ignorant when it comes to guns I am happy to never have fired one or felt the need to fire one. But the whole world has heard about one mass shooting after another in your country. I can’t help but put myself in the position of those parents. Why in the world should someone like that have access to a gun? Is that his right? Because you won’t stop ‘mental’ people as long as you can’t stop their family and friends if they have guns. As a country you have been involved in the affairs of many countries forcefully imposing your military power. Now the world is watching you… Unable to protect your own children. I am a foreigner ignorant of the issues in your country but seeing innocent lives lost. You say it happens in other countries but nowhere near the numbers your talking about in your country. So I hope you get some good answers to your problems. It is your lives that are being lost. In Australia there is a huge sports shooting culture… Not at each other. And to answer your question about home security.. The number one thing that will stop criminals are security cameras. We have been robbed and had someone in our garage twice. None since the cameras were installed and that was 3years ago.

      • Dimi

        What kind of gun did the shooter use in Newtown?

    • 1twothree4

      Automatic assault weapons are already illegal, so no, have NO problem with that, genius!

      • Dimi

        What do you call a gun that releases 45 shots a minute?

        • douchie

          Almost every gun on the planet when operated proficiently (except for muzzle loaders.)

  • The Nev

    Not sure about you guys, but I really hate civil rights that I don’t agree with.

    If it were up to me, i’d immediately get rid of the 1st. Every single massacre, every bit of the greatest civilian murders in history have all started with speech. Crusades, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, all of them. Speech induced.