Heralded Anti-NRA Protest Comes Up Short

A [photo from bearingarms.com](https://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2017/04/29/everytown-rally-nra-fizzles-atlanta/) of the anti-gun protest turnout.
A photo from bearingarms.com of the anti-gun protest turnout.web photo

We reported that gun control groups planned to protest the NRA’s Annual Meeting held last week in Atlanta, Georgia. The effort was spearheaded by two anti-gun groups owned by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, and Everytown For Gun Safety.

Moms Demand put out a press release Friday saying hundreds of “gun safety” advocates would rally with Shannon Watts and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in Atlanta.

It seems it didn’t go as expected.

This story from bearingarms.com says that, according to an officer providing security at the event, the anti-NRA protest drew about 75 to 100 people to Woodruff Park. The venue was nearly a mile away from the convention site, which hosted about 80,000 attendees during the NRA Annual Meetings.

[Bob Owens of bearingarms.com says](https://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2017/04/29/everytown-rally-nra-fizzles-atlanta/) this is a photo of homeless people in the park where the protest was held who were gi
Bob Owens of bearingarms.com says this is a photo of homeless people in the park where the protest was held who were given t-shirts in order to bolster the apparent number of attendees.web photo

The story included numerous photos of a mostly empty park and says the groups "appear to have attempted to pad their numbers by handing out t-shirts to the many homeless people inhabiting the park, though most of them seemed indifferent."

Additionally, according to this townhall.com story, Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action tweeted some tightly cropped photos of Lewis and the "crowd" with a message saying, "Thank you to the more than 300 Atlantans who got into #goodtrouble with @MomsDemand and @repjohnlewis this morning!" which just don't match up with other photos of the park.

Bob Owens, the bearingarms.com writer, also tweeted photos of some apparently homeless people wearing the red shirts handed out by the groups.

“This is the fourth year in a row that Bloomberg’s gun control groups have failed to draw a sizable crowd,” Owens said.

A tweet of closely cropped photos of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at the protest.
A tweet of closely cropped photos of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at the protest.web photo