BREAKING: Gays Against Guns Stage “Die In” Inside Hart Senate Building

Participants are being detained by Senate police.

After a horrific mass shooting a Texas church, members of the group Gays Against Guns staged a “die-in” Monday morning at the Hart Senate Building.

Formed in the wake of the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, GAG draws attention to the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress with direct actions in the spirit of ACT UP. In October, a GAG demonstration was held in Times Square after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The protest included one of GAG’s hallmarks: figures shrouded in white to represent those killed by gun violence.

“America woke up this morning to news of yet another mass shooting,” the group said at the time. “Gays Against Guns knows one thing—It is up to us. And by ’us’ we also mean you. Come join us. We have plenty more to do.”

Past actions have included “die-ins” at New York Pride and the Lincoln Memorial, and a picket protest outside CrossFit after the company offered a semi-automatic pistol as a contest prize. GAG has also staged protests with puppet effigies of members of Congress, symbolizing how they are puppets of the NRA.

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