STAMPEDE at March For Our Lives protest after man storms stage screaming 'I am the gun'
Over 5,000 people were attending the 'March for our Lives' event when the unidentified man reportedly threw a can-like object at the audience
A 'March for our Lives' protest against gun violence at the National Mall in Washington, DC, was disrupted after a pro-gun protester stormed the stage, causing a stampede. More than 5,000 people were attending the event when the unidentified man sparked fears after he reportedly threw a can-like object at the audience. Terrified people were reportedly seen fleeing in terror and cowering on the floor.
"I am the gun I am using! I am not shooting a school," the man said as security personnel tried to escort him off the stage. The disturbance did not last more than a few moments. A speaker on the stage calmed the crown down by announcing that the man was not armed. "Do not run, I repeat, do not run! There is no issue here," the speaker said. The US Park Police has launched an investigation and the man has been arrested.
'March for our Lives' is a popular student-led movement against control legislation and common-sense gun law. The events take place across the nation, and the speakers include shooting victims and their parents. One of the speakers was Manuel Oliver, whose son, 17, was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018. He said during his speech, "Our elected officials betrayed us and have avoided the responsibility to end gun violence."
The rally was announced just days after a deadly massacre unfolded at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde on May 24 when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos barricaded himself inside a classroom and slaughtered 19 students and two teachers. Police faced sharp criticism for allegedly failing to stop the shooting quickly enough and come to the victims' rescue on time. In fact, a victim bled to death as she waited for police to come to the rescue, a first-responder allegedly told her mother. The child reportedly waited for nearly an hour for cops to arrive, but eventually succumbed to her injuries possibly because of the delay. The first-responder reportedly claimed the child may have lived if the police had been quicker. It was reported that they did not breach the school for more than 90 minutes after arriving on the campus where Salvador Ramos was ruthlessly killing the children. Ramos was ultimately shot dead by an off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical unit.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden was slammed after he told ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' why he has not taken executive action on gun control yet. Biden's comments came amid an ongoing discussion about ways to curb gun violence in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.
Show host Jimmy Kimmel pressed the president on the issue. He pointed at how former president Donald Trump passed executive orders out "like Halloween candy". "Can't you issue an executive order? Trump passed those out like Halloween candy," Kimmel said. Biden then claimed that he has issued executive orders "within the power of the presidency." "What I don't want to do, and I'm not being facetious, I don't want to emulate Trump's abuse of the constitution," Biden said." "I often get asked: 'Look, the Republicans don't play it square, why do you play it square?' Well, guess what? If we do the same thing they do, our democracy will literally be in jeopardy."
"It's like you're playing Monopoly with somebody who won't pass Go and won't follow any of the rules," Kimmel then asked the President. "How do you ever make any progress if they're not following the rules?" "Well, you gotta send 'em to jail," Biden replied, apparently referring to the popular board game.