As left-wing advocacy groups and anti-gun media personalities continue their daily assault on the National Rifle Association, frantically seeking to make them a scapegoat for the Parkland school shooting, it appears their efforts may be backfiring horrendously and have only succeeded in garnering more support for the NRA.
Last week leftist organizations and various anti-gun personalities led a social media boycott campaign against the NRA by threatening various companies who offer discounts for NRA members. Any sane, rational person would realize that the NRA is not responsible in any way for the acts of criminals, yet the objective of the left appears to be in no way related to preventing further school shootings, but rather to advance the Democrat-led agenda of banning guns for law abiding citizens while doing nothing to address the root cause of school shootings.
What liberals fail to understand is that by making the NRA a supposed culprit in the Parkland shooting, despite the organization having absolutely nothing to do with the shooter, they are also making them a focal point for supporters of the 2nd amendment. By thrusting the NRA to the center of a conversation surrounding gun control, the leftist have given 2nd amendment supporters a way to fight back against their narrative in the form of giving further support to the organization. By increasing their support for the NRA, conservatives have a direct method of not only rebuking the left’s narrative, but also further humiliating the mainstream media by showing them that they have once again vastly underestimated the “silent majority”.
This support for the NRA has manifested itself into a massive increase in interest for both supporting the NRA and joining the organization as a member.
Below we see a Google Trends chart outlining the increase in the number of searches for the term “how to join the NRA”. As you can see, the use of this search term has skyrocketed to its highest point by far in the past year since the Parkland shooting.
Not only are more people searching for terms related to joining the NRA, but the rate at which the term “donate to the NRA” is used has also skyrocketed, indicating a rapid increase in a desire to support the organization financially.
Even searches for the term “NRA membership” have seen a significant increase.
Finally, the general term “support the NRA” has seen a similar dramatic upswing since the Parkland shooting.
The increase in the amount of Google searches for joining, supporting or donating to the NRA can indicate that significantly more people are visiting the NRA’s website directly or via other sources for the purpose of joining the organization. Google searches are not the only method of finding ways to support the NRA, of course, thus one could assume the NRA is seeing an increase of membership applications beyond what is typical since they have been made to appear the “villains” by mainstream media.
Similar trends concerning the purchasing of firearms, particularly assault rifles, have occurred after mass shootings under the Obama administration in fear of stricter gun laws taking effect. In fact, even CNN had to admit that “Obama is The Best Gun Salesman in America” after gun manufacture’s stocks rose to record highs following mass shootings under his watch.
If people flocked to the gun stores after previous mass shootings, eager to purchase guns before a possible ban goes into effect, then one could logically conclude that support for the NRA would actually increase when they’re under assault from the left, rather than decrease due to a negative (and totally illogical) media onslaught.
The most powerful way a consumer can show a company their support, or displeasure with their decisions, is by altering their spending habits. Twitter trolls and bots may have successfully bullied some companies into discontinuing their support of the NRA, but there are very real people willing to fight back with their wallets.
Clint Eastwood, who has often been a much needed voice of reason from the movie industry, has even broken silence on the gun control debate and voiced his support for the NRA on Twitter.
That ends today.
— Clint Eastwood 🇺🇸 (@ClintEastwoodLA) February 25, 2018
So will the left’s frantic attack on the NRA and companies who partner with them end up backfiring, only resulting in further galvanizing millions of gun owners to fervently support the organization as a way to battle the media, left-wing advocacy groups and the Democratic Party agenda?
Only time will tell, but if past events are any indicator of the future, the NRA will likely emerge from this leftist-driven assault stronger and with more members than they would have if they had not come under attack.
Liberals seem to have forgotten the “silent majority” who elected Donald Trump, and the fact that they are silent no longer. Their fervor, dedication to a cause and engagement cannot be measured by tweets and likes on Facebook, but rather by election results and real very boycotts of companies who lack the backbone to stand up to leftist attacks.