Unintended Consequences of march: gun rights interest up

David Hogg

Media darling David Hogg might be the NRA’s best recruiter, say critics. (Screen capture, YouTube, CNN)

Saturday’s gun control marches in cities and towns across the American landscape has apparently spurred gun rights activists to action, as the Daily Caller notes that interest in the National Rifle Association on Google apparently set a new record.

And that’s not all. Social media has warmed up considerably as gun owners took to Facebook and the Internet to report contributions to the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Perhaps the most telling report, however, came from CNN and it went straight to the heart of the gun control debate, demonstrating that some high schoolers are either hypocrites or just don’t get it about gun control.

When a senior at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School told CNN why she didn’t like the school’s new clear backpack policy, she unintentionally illustrated the problem with gun control in response to the shooting at her school.

CNN quoted 19-year-old Tyra Hemans, who is upset about the school’s new policy requiring clear backpacks.

“I’m not happy with it. Why are you punishing me for one person’s actions?” she wondered.

It’s a question she should address to Marion Hammer at the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, or to Sean Caranna and Richard Nascak at Florida Carry. Why, indeed?

Yet, Ms. Hemans boldly told CNN, “We know what the root of the problem is. (Lawmakers) don’t want to make the gun laws strong enough.”

Saturday’s “March For Our Lives” brought out hundreds of thousands of teens and adults who seemed to be protesting the existence of the Second Amendment and groups that defend it.

The New York Times reported Sunday that the teen march had plenty of financial support from anti-gun adult organizations.

“Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded and financed by Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York mayor, proudly declared that it had doled out more than $1 million in grants to local organizers.”—New York Times, March 25

The group “Giffords” (formerly Americans for Responsible Solutions) “arranged for more than 200 people from the Parkland area to attend Saturday’s march in Washington, and said it had worked with the owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, to use the N.F.L. franchise’s plane to bring some people to the capital,” the newspaper said.

But anti-gun political correctness seems to be having an impact. WANE reported that a gun show scheduled in Fort Wayne at the SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse this coming weekend has been cancelled.

Facebook meme launched over the weekend following the Saturday anti-gun marches.

But over the past weekend, gun shows across the country attracted lots of gun owners. Their “marching” was confined to gun show aisles.

High schooler David Hogg, who has become media darling since the Feb. 14 shooting, may not realize it, but his remarks at the Washington, D.C. rally perhaps inspired more people to join and/or donate to gun rights organizations over the weekend. Instead of putting gun rights groups on the sidelines, he may have fired up a demographic of Americans that traditionally has been lethargic about politics.

 

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