Why I Marched 18.6 Miles from the NRA to the DOJ

Why I Marched 18.6 Miles from the NRA to the DOJ

Last Friday, when my alarm went off at 6am, I rolled out of bed, threw on the clothes I had laid out the night before, and headed out to catch a bus to Fairfax, VA. I was tired and it was already unbearably hot, but there was nothing that was going to stop me from attending the Women's March from the National Rifle Association to the Department of Justice. I could not be silent any longer.

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot in his car, in front of his girlfriend and four-year old daughter by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer. Castile had a valid permit to carry a gun, and warned the officer that he had it.

The National Rifle Association states that it is oldest continuously operating civil rights organization in the United States. Two days after Castile's shooting, they issued the following statement:

The reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated. In the meantime, it is important for the NRA not to comment while the investigation is ongoing. Rest assured, the NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known.

And yet, after Yanez was acquitted on June 16, 2017, there was no word from the NRA for over three weeks. In the mean time, they released an incredibly incendiary ad filled with hateful rhetoric and a thinly veiled call to arms.

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