On Monday night, less than 24 hours after Stephen Paddock holed up in a Las Vegas hotel room with 23 assault weapons, killing 59 concertgoers and injuring hundreds more, Gays Against Guns led a march of more than 100 people from Union Square to Times Square. The New York City–based group wrote in a press statement before the march:
It’s up to us. And by “us” we also mean you! If you care about the death and sorrow created by the gun industry, and the murder of your fellow citizens. If you acknowledge that mass shootings reveal the fact that our government has been hijacked by business interests and lobbyists. If you are truly tired of sending thoughts and prayers, then come join us. We have plenty to do. You can be on the front lines with GAG, or you can provide support to us in our actions. You can even just learn more about the statistics of gun violence. There really is something for everyone in our organization. We also know another thing for certain: Thoughts and prayers without action are meaningless.