About 40 young people waved signs and voiced loud support for Second Amendment rights in the front of D.C. city hall on Friday, an unusual sight in a heavily Democratic city that is known for its strict gun-control laws.
For about two hours, they captured the attention of passing motorists and tourists with their argument that increased gun ownership equals increased public safety.
Their rally comes two days after an unarmed building manager was shot in the arm at the Family Research Council, a conservative organization in the District’s busy downtown. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has pledged to preserve the city’s strict gun laws after the incident renewed debate about firearm safety in the city.
Protests are a frequent occurrence in front of the John A. Wilson Building, which houses the offices of Mr. Gray and D.C. Council members. Yet pro-gun rallies are unusual and the sight of young protesters touting traditional conservative views at city hall made it stand out.