TALLAHASSEE — Tourists planning a theme park trip don’t have to worry about trampling over sprawled out activists after all.
A “die-in” protest at a Walt Disney Co. property initially planned for June has been called off, a co-founder of the gun control advocacy group National Die In said Monday.
“People were saying ‘you’re going to traumatize children,’ ” said Nurah Abdulhaqq, a Georgia teen who helped start National Die In group. She added that the group feared a public backlash if it went forward with the protest.
The protest was originally designed to draw attention to Disney’s large donations to a political committee supporting Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, over his support for the NRA and bills to ease gun laws.
Putnam has supported bills to allow concealed carry license holders to carry firearms on college campuses and to carry openly in public. Both bills were backed by the NRA but failed to make it into law. After a newspaper columnist called him an “NRA sellout” in 2017, he leaned into the insult saying he was a “proud NRA sellout,” upsetting many gun control activists.
Likely someone in this movement had the common sense to realize that such tactics do not help the cause. Those engaging in such “demonstrations” look radical, very bad optics. especially around kids.
Also, it should be of note that Putnam did not bow or scrape. Rather he stuck it right back to the Cult of Gun Control, good for him.