Father approaches protester carrying gun and video of confrontation goes viral

A father and daughter drove up to Pennsylvania Ave. near the Washington D.C. Mall to confront rally attendees outside the Women’s March on Washington on Sunday morning. Robert Bruner said he was taking his…

Father approaches protester carrying gun and video of confrontation goes viral

A father and daughter drove up to Pennsylvania Ave. near the Washington D.C. Mall to confront rally attendees outside the Women’s March on Washington on Sunday morning.

Robert Bruner said he was taking his 14-year-old daughter to get her hair cut, and when he saw a group of protesters, he said it was too difficult to get around. He told CNN that as he passed by the Women’s March on Washington, he realized some of the protesters were carrying guns.

“I know in my heart that these are protesters, but I felt I had to do something,” Bruner said. “I thought my daughter was in danger. I couldn’t let her get in harm’s way, and I just felt responsible, it wasn’t right that people were carrying guns, especially at this rally.”

Bruner said he was on the phone with his daughter, who informed him that some people carrying guns were shouting homophobic and racist slurs at participants. He then drove around for about five minutes until he saw the massive crowd of protesters.

Bruner approached the protester wearing a flag on his chest, asking if he had a permit, Bruner told WTOP. The stranger started yelling at Bruner, who grabbed a camera to document the confrontation. As Bruner was recording, the stranger took off running, Bruner said.

As he continued to film, Bruner said the stranger and another man with a gun approached him.

“The guy gets out of the car, he’s dressed in black with a hood on, and he shows this gun to me, and I get the impression that he wants to hurt me,” Bruner said. “He’s got a gun, so I said, ‘Are you gonna shoot me?’ and he said, ‘Fuck you.’”

Bruner told CNN that as he started driving away he noticed the man pulling his arms out of his holster. Bruner got out of the car, and the pair started yelling at each other. A woman nearby, who he said he did not recognize, came to Bruner’s aid and escorted him to the car. The father-daughter duo then drove away with several others.

Bruner said he hadn’t thought he would be arrested.

“I have a permit to carry a gun,” he said. “My intent is not to cause a stir, I just wanted to do something.”

Bruner said that when he returned to his truck, he met with police, but he did not file a report.

Bruner said he believes gun owners should be able to carry their weapons.

“That’s their constitutional right,” he said. “I just wanted to do something.”

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