In the wake of the anti-NRA protests and mainstream media bias that followed the Parkland, Florida shooting, the National Rifle Association saw a huge surge in membership interest.
The Daily Mail reports that Google searches for “NRA membership” rose “4,900 percent” since the Florida school shooting. The dramatic increase occurred as Democrats and Hollywood elites were denouncing the NRA as being responsible for the 17 people that were killed – in a gun-free zone.
Some student survivors of the Valentine’s Day massacre at a Florida high school are planning March for Our Lives protests in 50 cities on March 24 to demand increased gun-control legislation. The effort has the backing of major left-wing activist groups and celebrities.
Organizations such as MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood, the Women’s March LA, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the American Federation of Teachers are fueling the movement.
One of the most outspoken student survivors and anti-gun activists is David Hogg. Some casual gun-rights supporters said attacks by Hogg and the media inspired them to sign up for the NRA.
“Thank you David Hogg for inspiring me,” a woman named Christine tweeted Sunday, along with a snapshot of an NRA confirmation email. “I gifted my husband with an NRA membership. I felt now was an important time to support them.”
Another Twitter user, “Dan American Dreamer” declared: “Every time David Hogg tweets, an NRA membership gets its wings. Thanks buddy!”
Americans – and even people outside the country – have been tweeting their new NRA membership “thank you” notices under the hashtag #TweetYourNRA Membership.
“I am not an American and I don’t own a gun, but I wanted to help support your 2nd Amendment anyway,” wrote Justin Blake, who tweeted his new sign-up letter.
Keith Weitzel, who posted his confirmation, wrote: “New member due to the way the media portrays this group every time a tragedy like this occurs. I’ve educated myself on ALL the facts and see how the media only likes to show one side of the story. Thanks for opening people’s eyes.”
If the attacks are driving the membership spike, the NRA may see a flurry of new sign-ups after a new billboard was erected by the Mad Dog PAC that declares, “The NRA is a terrorist organization.”