Well, here’s yet another thing that was not supposed to happen: following the Florida high school massacre, gun groups, including the National Rifle Association, saw memberships soar, and that’s despite the assiduous efforts made by left wing anti Second Amendment groups and their mainstream media allies seeking to scapegoat law abiding citizens for the Parkland shooting. As usual, the left’s efforts have backfired in a big way, with the end result being quite the opposite of what was intended: pro gun groups and NRA memberships are now soaring, together with AR-15 sales all across America, and keep in mind this is according to the left wing outlet Time.
Left wing organizations and their lapdog mainstream media mouthpieces engaged in a full scale assault on gun groups, with an emphasis on the National Rifle Association over the past 2 weeks, basically terrorizing their corporate sponsors/partners who offer discounts for gun groups members (read NRA again) via social media. This intellectual terrorism and public shaming over the internet by groups of organized left wing activists seeking to destroy the income sources of their perceived (conservative) enemies is nothing new for the Democratic party, and we’ve seen this before. Unfortunately, the tactic has worked in the past, as corporations are very sensitive when it comes to having their reputation tarnished by the left wing corporate media. Here are some companies that have already cut ties with the NRA, according to CNN:
- Delta Air Lines: Delta said it’s ending discounted flights for NRA members. The airline said the decision reflected “the airline’s neutral status in the current debate over gun control.” Since then, Delta has faced a backlash from Georgia Republicans, who have responded by saying blocking a state tax break that would benefit the carrier.
- Avis Budget Group: Avis and Budget Rent a Car, which are owned by Avis Budget Group (CAR), said that both brands will stop offering discounts on car rentals to NRA members beginning March 26.
- First National Bank of Omaha: The bank said it will stop issuing an NRA-branded Visa card. A bank spokesperson said “customer feedback” prompted a review of its partnership with the NRA, and it chose not to renew its current contract.
- MetLife: The insurance giant said it’s ending discounts on home and auto insurance for NRA members.
- TrueCar: The car buying service said its partnership with the NRA would end February 28.
- United Airlines: United will no longer offer discounts on flights to the NRA’s annual meeting.
It appears that the left has won a battle in their perpetual war against conservatives, but the war is far from over, as gun rights groups and the NRA all across America have seen new membership numbers soaring over the past couple of weeks. And yes, that was not supposed to happen either.Here’s again from the Times piece:
“Wake up people and see what’s happening!!!!,” Charles Cotton, a member of the NRA Board of Directors, wrote on a message board, TexasCHLforum.com, a site described as “the focal point for Texas firearms information and discussions, earlier this week. “[Former New York Mayor Michael] Bloomberg and Hollywood are pouring money into this effort and the media is helping to the fullest extent. We’ve never had this level of opposition before, not ever. It’s a campaign of lies and distortion, but it’s very well funded and they are playing on the sympathy factor of kids getting killed. If you really want to make a difference, then start recruiting NRA members every single day.”
“The NRA better be 15 million strong soon, or this is only going to get worse,” Cotton, who did not respond to a request for comment from Time (magazine), added on the message board.
And two people familiar with the workings of the NRA, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss membership numbers, said that since the shooting the NRA has also seen more people than usual join, renew memberships or donate money as President Donald Trump and other Republican Party leaders have signaled an openness to gun control policies that are anathema to the powerful group. A spokesperson for the NRA, which says on its website that it has more than five million members, didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Besides the NRA, more than a dozen of shooting associations and gun rights groups saw a dramatic increase in memberships since February 14th. Here’s Patrick Parsons, who heads the Georgia Gun Owners:
As soon as anti-gun attacks started coming in on Twitter, Facebook, and in the media, we began to hear from people who didn’t even own guns who wanted to join up or contribute out of solidarity in defense of the Second Amendment to the Constitution,”
And if you don’t understand why gun rights groups are experiencing an influx of new members following the Florida shooting, here’s a statement that will sort it out for you:
“Gun owners themselves weren’t being demonized [after Las Vegas]” Turner explained. “But after the Florida shooting, there was a definite push to demonize honest gun owners and to demonize the NRA. And I think that’s what’s provoked their response.”