Student activists say they will withdraw from NRA protest due to threats: report
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Student organizers of an upcoming demonstration against the National Rifle Association (NRA) are reportedly planning to withdraw from an upcoming protest in Colorado due to threats they have received on social media. 

The Denver Post on Thursday reported that a group of students made the decision because of threats linked to the National March on NRA, which is scheduled to take place in Denver on Saturday.

The demonstration is also intended to protest Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a nonprofit gun rights advocacy group. 


Ethan Somer, an organizer of the event, said in a statement to The Hill that despite the withdrawal from some students, the protest is still taking place.

"As the organizer I can confirm it is continuing," Somer said. "Students Demand Action will not be co-hosting as they are worried about the counter protestors. However after speaking to the police I gathered that this is not going to be a situation they can not handle and after talking to the survivors who are coming to speak at the march I refuse to let fear and intimidation stop us."

The statement came after an initial report from The Post detailed why certain students elected not to take part in the demonstration.

"We’ve had some bumps in the road,” Mikaela Lawrence, an incoming senior at Columbine High School, told the Post on Tuesday, before students decided to withdraw. “Just normal stuff like threats, but I think we’re going to be OK.”

The Post notes that Tay Anderson, an ex-president of the gun control advocacy group Never Again Colorado, received a text message from a friend who relayed a threatening Facebook comment that read: “MY RIGHTS ARE WORTH MORE THAN YOUR LIFE." The commenter also reportedly said he was going to bring 3D printed guns to the rally.

While Anderson said he didn't know if the message was linked to the protest planned at the Colorado state Capitol, he reported it to the Denver Police Department. A spokeswoman for the department, Christine Downs, would not confirm to the Post if the threat was credible. 

The Denver March on the NRA, led by Students Demand Action Colorado, March for Our Lives and Indivisible Colorado, is one of many protests against the NRA planned for Saturday.

The Post reports that scheduled speakers include people who lost family members in high-profile mass shootings at a theater in  Aurora, Colo., and at Columbine High School.

As of Thursday afternoon, about 600 people said they were interested in the event on Facebook. 

A counterprotest launched by Second Amendment–advocacy group Rally for our Rights is planned for that day as well, according to the Post. 

Many students around the nation have led a movement to demand action on gun laws in the wake of February's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Many of the efforts have targeted the NRA and politicians who accept campaign donations from the gun rights organization.