It turns out that the “Action August” event promoted by Organizing for Action was not even organized by President Obama’s former campaign operation – now re-branded as a political action group.
A group of about two dozen protesters appeared in front of the National Rifle Association’s Headquarters in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday morning to mark the eighth month anniversary since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
But according to local anti-gun organizers, they were the ones who brought the signs, stickers, and American flags to the event. No OFA representative was present.
The group displayed a clothesline of t-shirts featuring the name of the Sandy Hook victims and the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting. During the protest several drivers who drove by the NRA building honked in support of the group.
“The group gathers on the 14th day of every month since the shooting,” explained Joanna Simon of the Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence, indicating that they protest and communicate with other local anti-groups.
Another McLean protest organizer explained that he routinely includes OFA in his e-mails promoting the protest event.
A volunteer for the Terry McAuliffe campaign showed up to collect emails, and quickly went on his way after speaking with a few of the protesters.