Panic at March for Our Lives rally as man tries to storm onto stage

The man was filmed shouting, “I’m not shooting at school” (Image: AP/Getty Images)

Protesters at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington DC were ordered to run after a man tried to run onto the stage.

The counter-protester threw an object into the crowd and yelled “I’m not shooting at the school” when he was arrested.

People were seen crouching on the ground or running away, as many were understandably afraid he had a gun.

This was not the case, and the speaker on stage then assured the crowd that they were not in any danger.

Shortly before, around 1:30 p.m. local time, a person standing near a group of counter-protesters began shouting during a minute’s silence for victims of gun violence.

This caused some people in the crowd to run away and several people were seen crying afterwards.

Thousands of people flocked to the US National Mall in Washington DC as part of nationwide demonstrations demanding stronger gun control in America.

A man disturbs a moment of silence during the March for Our Lives, one of a series of nationwide protests against gun violence, on the National Mall in Washington, DC, U.S. June 11, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The stunt came shortly after a group of counter-protesters shouted during a moment of silence (Image: Reuters)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: A counter-protester jumps over a barricade to disrupt a March for Our Lives rally against gun violence on the National Mall on June 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. The March For Our Lives movement was spurred by the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Following the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, a bipartisan group of senators continues to negotiate a possible compromise treaty on gun violence and gun safety legislation. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Counter-protester jumps over barricade to disrupt March for Our Lives rally (Image: Getty Images)

People crouch after a man tried and failed to storm the stage during the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control in front of the Washington Monument Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

People ducked for cover after the rally was interrupted by the man who threw an object into the crowd (Image: AP)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: A counter-protester is arrested after jumping a barricade to disrupt a March for Our Lives rally against gun violence on the National Mall on June 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. The March For Our Lives movement was spurred by the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Following the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, a bipartisan group of senators continues to negotiate a possible compromise treaty on gun violence and gun safety legislation. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The man was believed to be unarmed, but he caused a huge panic among the crowd (Image: Getty Images)

The much-publicized effort to change the laws follows the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, which activists say should force the US Congress to act.

Organizers hoped the second March For Our Lives rally would draw up to 50,000 people to the Washington Monument in the US capital.

That would be far fewer than the 200,000 people at the original 2018 march, but activists have decided to focus on smaller demonstrations at an estimated 300 locations across the US.

Despite wet weather in the US capital, well before the rally began, crowds flocked to the memorial site holding up signs, including one that read: “Children are irreplaceable, but senators are. Poll.’

A middle school-age girl carried a sign that read, “I want to feel safe at school.”

The first March For Our Lives was spurred by the 2018 Valentine’s Day 2018 killing of 14 students and three staff members by an alumni at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Karin LaBanca comforts two survivors of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School after a man tried to take the stage during the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on Saturday, April 11 (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Karin LaBanca comforts two survivors of the Sandy Hook mass shooting after the man tried to storm onto the stage (Image: AP)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: A counter-protester is arrested after jumping a barricade to disrupt a March for Our Lives rally against gun violence on the National Mall on June 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. The March For Our Lives movement was spurred by the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Following the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, a bipartisan group of senators continues to negotiate a possible compromise treaty on gun violence and gun safety legislation. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

He was arrested and the rally was allowed to resume after protesters were forced to walk (Image: Getty Images)

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Thousands of people packed the National Mall in Washington DC today (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

X Gonzalez, survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting and co-founder of March For Our Lives, speaks during the March for Our Lives, one of several nationwide protests against gun violence, on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the United States, March 11, 2018. June 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

X Gonzalez, survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting and co-founder of March For Our Lives, speaks at today’s rally (Image: Reuters)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: General view of March for Our Lives 2022 on June 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)

Protesters are calling for tougher restrictions after a seemingly never-ending wave of mass shootings (Image: Getty Images)

This massacre sparked the formation of the youth-led movement March For Our Lives, which successfully pressured the Republican-dominated Florida state government to enact sweeping gun control reforms.

The Parkland students then sought to change gun laws in other states and nationally, started March For Our Lives, and held the March 24, 2018 Washington Grand Rally.

The group did not equal Florida’s results nationally, but it has since continued to advocate for gun restrictions and participate in voter registration campaigns.

Now, as another spate of mass shootings is bringing gun control back into the national conversation in the US, organizers of this weekend’s events say it’s time to renew their push for a national overhaul.

“We’re angry right now,” said Mariah Cooley, a March For Our Lives board member and a senior at Howard University in Washington.

People crouch after a man tried and failed to storm the stage during the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control in front of the Washington Monument Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

The crowd panicked, fearing the man who tried to storm onto the stage was armed (Image: AP)

X Gonzalez, survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting and co-founder of March For Our Lives, speaks during the march, one of a series of nationwide protests against gun violence, in Washington, DC, U.S. June 11, 2022. REUTERS/ JoshuaRoberts

Activists hold marches in an estimated 300 locations across the US (Image: Reuters)

People crouch after a man tried and failed to storm the stage during the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control in front of the Washington Monument Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Protesters dropped to the ground for cover after the stage invasion (Image: AP)

EDS NOTICE: OBSCENITY – Buttons will be on display during the second “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Washington. The rally follows the 2018 march organized by student protesters following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

The March for Our Lives movement was inspired by the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. (Image: AP)

“This will be a demonstration to show that as Americans, we’re not going to stop anytime soon until Congress does its job. And if not, we will vote them out.”

It comes at a time of renewed political activity related to guns and a pivotal moment for possible action in the US Congress.

Survivors of mass shootings and other gun violence incidents lobbied and testified for lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week.

Among them was Miah Cerrillo, an 11-year-old girl who survived the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

She described to congressmen smearing herself in the blood of a dead classmate to avoid being shot.

On Tuesday, Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey appeared in the White House briefing room to push for gun legislation and made very personal comments about the violence in his hometown of Uvalde.

The US House of Representatives has passed bills that would raise the age limit for purchasing semi-automatic weapons and enact federal “red flag” legislation.

But such initiatives have traditionally stalled or been severely watered down in the US Senate.

Democratic and Republican senators had hoped to reach agreement this week on a framework to address the issue and discussed it yesterday, but have announced no agreement.

Mr Moomin said the aim was to send a message to members of Congress that public opinion on gun control was changing under their feet.

“If they’re not on our side, there will be consequences – voting them out of office and making their life hell once they’re in office,” he said.

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