FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Eighteen gun control activists with code pink were arrested Tuesday morning by Fairfax County Police following a five minute warning during their act of civil disobedience.
The protestors blocked the entrance to the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Fairfax. They lied down in chalk outlines on the pavement. The “die-in” was meant to represent the victims of gun violence including the lives lost during the Orlando massacre.
One victim, 22-year-old Juan Guerrero who will be buried with his partner he hoped to marry 32-year-old Christopher “Drew” Leinonen. Leinonen was represented by his cousin Tony who joined the protest. Fighting through tears, he told the crowd he hoped he could live to honor his cousin’s legacy.
Dan from the Eastern Shore is an NRA member. He would not give us his last name but said they stand to honor the victims of the Orlando massacre and only bear arms not to harm people but to protect themselves.
“We would work with them (the gun control advocates) but they don’t seem to like us very much. I just think we’re misunderstood.”
“That’s a flat out lie,” said Beverly Smith in response. Smith joined Code Pink after her 27-year-old son's death. Beloved teacher Alonzo Smith died in Southeast D.C. when special police officers in Marbury Plaza restrained him. The death was ruled a homicide.
“I’m not only fighting for justice for my son but I'm fighting for everyone who is a victim of police brutality and gun violence."
Tony, Guerrero’s cousin, was later seen sobbing in the arms of Beverly Smith who repeatedly whispered “I am so sorry this happened to you. It’s OK to cry and let it all out. It’s going to be OK.”
The protestors arrested were charged with Loitering on a Highway, a class 4 misdemeanor. They were released and ordered to pay an $80 fine.