Gays Against Guns Storm DC
“Haunting of Mitch McConnell” actions highlight Senate intransigence
Gays Against Guns’ Human Beings approach the Newseum as the death tally for February 2 of this year
is projected onto the wall.
PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO
Several dozen members of
Gays Against Guns traveled
from New York to the
nation’s capital on December
2 to draw dramatic attention
to the US Senate’s refusal to
act on two gun control measures
passed by the Democratic-controlled
H.R. 8 and H.R. 112 are background
check measures that the
group said are supported by 90
percent of Americans, yet Republican
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
has blocked Senate votes on
the House bills.
“Many of 2019’s gun deaths are
on his hands,” GAG said in a press
On the evening of December 2,
working in conjunction with activist
and projection artist Robin
Bell, the group projected the daily
catalogue of deaths from gun violence
in the US since January 1
onto the side of the Newseum, currently
housed on Pennsylvania
Avenue. The projections were superimposed
against the words of
the First Amendment that establish
citizens’ right “to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances.”
The following morning GAG’s
Human Beings, who represent
individual gun violence victims,
protested outside of McConnell’s
house on C Street and also inside
the Senate Offi ce Building, where
they were able to unfurl several
banners before being removed
from the building.
The group visited McConnell’s
offi ce, where members were told
the majority leader was “unavailable.”
Several Human Beings read
a GAG statement about the House
bills in the waiting area.
The question GAG is asking of Senate Republicans.
GAG’s Human Beings outside of Mitch McConnell’s home on C Street in Washington.
Banners GAG hung in the lobby of the Russell Senate Offi ce Building, before the group was removed
from the building.
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