A small but dedicated group of students staged a “die-in” on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse yesterday as part of a national effort to advocate for reform of gun laws. June 12 was the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Orlando in which a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others inside the Pulse nightclub. The action at the Ohio Statehouse was part of a National Die-In event carried out yesterday at the U.S. Capitol and in other locations across the country.
“We’re out here on the steps of the Statehouse today to demand common-sense gun laws and commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting,” said a Columbus student organizer, who did not give her name. Following her statement, the eight student protesters lay down on the steps, a symbolic death. They remained in place for 12 minutes or 720 seconds, a number selected to represent the approximate number of people killed in mass shootings in the U.S. since the Pulse massacre.