Libertarian gun proponents plan to march in Washington, D.C., on July 3 bearing toy water guns in protest of ongoing efforts to increase gun control, according to Politico.
The libertarian activists initially organized the march to counter a separate march with members bearing real guns that would serve as an act of “civil disobedience” and occur on July 4, according to USA Today.
The Independence Day protest march was canceled, but the “Toy Gun March” is still set to commence at 9 a.m. and span from the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the National Mall.
The "Toy Gun March" is both a protest and a charity event for Toys for Tots. Event organizers intend to raise $1,000 for the charity and have currently reached more than half of their monetary goal.
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Six months ago, a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., spurred debate about gun control laws and prompted the current administration to push for stricter gun control legislation. The majority of Americans support legislation that would expand background checks for people buying guns, according to the New York Times.
According to the event’s fundraising website, the march is aimed at promoting a positive image of gun ownership. The fundraising site displays multiple photos of children in the process of shooting water guns and showing their teeth among other background photos.
Austin Petersen, who created the event, said increasing gun control will threaten children’s safety and create “dangerous gun-free zones.”