On Saturday afternoon, as hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets and marched for their lives at events organized by teenagers, the National Rifle Association (NRA) responded to the marches in the most despicable way imaginable: by mocking the survivors of gun violence.
In an early morning post, the NRA declared that the marches were not “spontaneous” but instead organized by scaring liberals who are using kids to push a gun-grabbing agenda:
Stand and Fight for our Kids’ Safety by Joining NRA. Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous. Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.
Nope. The Parkland students are absolutely acting on their own and any moron who has spent five minutes listening to them would know that they are not being manipulated by “gun-hating billionaires.” The Parkland students aren’t even calling for a ban on all guns, so that whole they want to “DESTROY” (all caps to make it more scary) the sacred Second Amendment is pure bullshit. Oh and they weren’t done.
In a second post, the gun group posted a video of the NRA’s Colion Noir mocking the students’ march and calling it a “carnival.”
It really shouldn’t surprise us that their response to these children was to attack them lies and name-calling. That’s what the NRA does. They can’t fight back with facts, so they lead their followers with fear. “Liberals are going to steal your guns” and “Liberals want your families to be victims.” Blah blah blah.
Unfortunately for them, these kids will not be silenced by the bullying from the right. They proved that on Saturday when they mobilized hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to fight for their lives. These same kids are going to mobilize even more people to get out and vote in November and every election thereafter until something is done about the massive gun problem in this country.
Unlike the generations before them, they won’t keep their mouths shut while their friends, families and classmates are gunned down in schools, churches, movie theaters and on the streets. The NRA should be scared, because their time is up.