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.
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.
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.
“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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