It wasn’t hard to spot the gun control crowd marching on Washington last Saturday. They were the ones all the tourists were pointing at.
OH: “Who are all those people over there?”
OH: “You think something’s wrong?”
OH: “Oh it’s one of those anti-gun groups.”
OH: “Get out of the picture, Fred!”
In fact, the March on Washington for Gun Control was not one group but a few – groups like One Million Moms for Gun Control and folks from the mayor’s office, plus Arena Stage’s Molly Smith, who organized the whole thing (unaffiliated with the theater).
Marchers held up signs with the names of people who have died from gun violence.
The event started on 3rd Street in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, and ended just north of the Washington Monument.
Other signs said “father,” “taxpayer,” and “Episcopalian.”
As an avid protest observer, I can attest: these folks in back were so quick on their feet they almost made it the 5k Race for Gun Control.
Mayor Gray turned out, with Molly Smith serving as MC.
There were counter-protestors too, of course.
But the bureaucracy kept them a football field away.
And the cavalry made sure no one used the event to make some sort of psychopathic statement.
By the way, next time you’re stumped on weekend plans, head over to the National Mall on a Saturday morning around 10am. You’re bound to see an interesting crowd and get an earful from people passionate about something. You may vehemently disagree with them, but sometimes it’s nice to be jolted out of apathy.
And if it’s unpleasant? You only have some of the best museums in the world right there to make you feel better.