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“Haunting of Mitch McConnell” actions highlight Senate intransigence

GAG’s Human Beings outside of Mitch McConnell’s home on C Street in Washington.
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Several dozen members of Gays Against Guns traveled from New York to the nation’s capital on December 2 to draw dramatic attention to the US Senate’s refusal to act on two gun control measures passed by the Democratic-controlled House.

H.R. 8 and H.R. 112 are background check measures that the group said are supported by 90 percent of Americans, yet Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked Senate votes on the House bills.

“Many of 2019’s gun deaths are on his hands,” GAG said in a press release.

On the evening of December 2, working in conjunction with activist and projection artist Robin Bell, the group projected the daily catalogue of deaths from gun violence in the US since January 1 onto the side of the Newseum, currently housed on Pennsylvania Avenue. The projections were superimposed against the words of the First Amendment that establish citizens’ right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The following morning GAG’s Human Beings, who represent individual gun violence victims, protested outside of McConnell’s house on C Street and also inside the Senate Office Building, where they were able to unfurl several banners before being removed from the building.

The group visited McConnell’s office, where members were told the majority leader was “unavailable.” Several Human Beings read a GAG statement about the House bills in the waiting area.

Gays Against Guns project the total number of gun deaths year to date in the US on the side of the Newseum in Washington.
Gays Against Guns’ Human Beings approach the Newseum as the death tally for February 2 of this year is projected onto the wall.
GAG’s Human Beings stand under the words of the First Amendment on side of the Newseum.
The question GAG is asking of Senate Republicans.
A poster plastered on a window of McConnell’s house points to the way the National Rifle Association dominates Republican politics.
Moscow Mitch gets a new nickname.
Banners GAG hung in the lobby of the Russell Senate Office Building, before the group was removed from the building.
GAG members in McConnell’s office.
Updated 10:00 pm, December 4, 2019
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