The events had been in the works for months and been promoted by rightwing media and were planned for 13 cities around the country, with the largest rally in Los Angeles where Xena Amarani, the USC student who leads the group lives.
However, even Fox News noted the sparse turnout.
The Los Angeles rally drew an estimated 250 people, with other rallies in Phoenix and Chicago drawing a few dozen.
— Ms. Ezell (@ms_ezell) July 7, 2018
Many of the people who attended did not appear to be students, but rather gray-haired white people who came to show their support for the few students who came
— March For Our Rights Phoenix (@M4ORP) July 7, 2018
Among the Conservative students who did attend were Anthony Bartosiewicz, a 16-year-old boy interview by the Washington Post who has been called a “school shooter” by his classmates.
“It’s gotten to the point where another reason that I feel like we’ve been drowned out of the conversation is because people who are pro-gun aren’t confident enough to speak their mind,” said the boy interviewed by the Washington Post at an event which drew dozens of people.