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Florida school shooting survivors rally at NRA headquarters in Fairfax

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Crowds chanted, held signs and spoke out just outside of the NRA headquarters building in Fairfax on Saturday.

Survivors of the deadly Parkland, Florida, high school shooting protested outside the National Rifle Association headquarters.

The protest was over what they consider to be efforts from the NRA to block gun control laws and bans on assault rifles.

“It’s a children over guns,” a mom said, holding up and reading a handmade sign. “It’s kind of tattered because we are here a lot.”

People came from all over the protest outside of the NRA building, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who have been on a summer bus tour aimed at registering voters and ending gun violence. Seventeen students and staff members were killed during the February shooting at their Parkland, Florida, school.

“Vote them out!” the crowd chanted.

March organizers also were calling on the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the NRA's tax-exempt status and to stop access to downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed guns.

“I shouldn’t be afraid to go to school,” said 17-year-old Madeleine Detwiler, from McLean.

Said Arlington resident Claire Fogarty, “These kids are out future and they deserve to be safe."

Second Amendment advocates also came out. They were separated by two rows of barriers from the March on NRA group. The group also held signs to get their message across.

“We don’t think that any of the proposals that the kids are presenting would do anything to stop future mass killings,” said Paul Brockman, with The Patriot Picket.

“They’re protesting guns, but they are protected by police who have guns on their shoulders. So, it’s kind of ironic,” said Diante Johnson, from Washington, D.C.

The March on NRA is pushing for a change, many of the speakers urging people to get out and vote.

“Today, on August 4, 2018, we march on the NRA for common sense gun laws and the intention to save lives,” one of the speakers said.

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