One of the top news stories of the month is the issue of Second Amendment rights. While it’s an ongoing issue, it was sparked to life by the tragic Parkland Florida shooting that claimed the lives of 17 individuals just over a month ago. This very important issue that affects us all, is taking hold with students now.
Despite the fact that it’s a heavy load for kids to bare, to make them responsible for what adults decide to do with guns, that’s just what’s happening around the country.
The culmination of the campaign to restrict gun usage was just days ago when those who feel that the country would be safer without the right to bear arms came together in what they called a “March for our Lives.” The idea seemed to be to show a united front and tell the world that students, and the adults that trained them, didn’t want guns to be a part of everyday American life.
Unfortunately for the anti-gun marchers, the attention that they brought to the possibility of guns being taken away had the opposite effect on Americans. Daily Wire reports that interest in NRA memberships skyrocketed as people began to realize that if they keep silent, they might be silenced forever:
‘Over this past weekend, thousands of activists marched in Washington D.C. demanding radical gun control measures and vilifying the NRA and Republicans. However, if Google search trends are any indication, the efforts of the activists may be backfiring.
As the Daily Caller first noted, Google searches for the term ‘NRA membership’ spiked during the March For Our Lives gun control rally.
According to Google’s explanation of the numbers to the left of the chart, they “represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for this term.’
In other words, Saturday’s “March For Our Lives” demonstrated rocketed interest in NRA membership to “peak popularity.
In fact, membership in the NRA and other pro-gun groups have been spiking ever since the Parkland shooting, as more and more Americans seek to protect their Second Amendment rights.
For his part, newly minted gun control poster child David Hogg doesn’t seem to be too concerned.
‘Honestly, it’s alright that people are buying more guns,’ Hogg said last week. ‘I just care that they are being safe individuals. And they can practice their Second Amendment rights all they want. I don’t give a f*ck about that. I just want to make sure that a crazy-ass individual doesn’t get an AR-15 or any weapon at all.’”
Data for the search term ‘NRA membership’ dating back to 2004 reveals that searches for the phrase spiked higher over the weekend than it did even in response to the gun control push and campaign against the NRA after Sandy Hook.
What was no doubt meant to be a visual display of a heartfelt plea to stop gun violence, only served to remind the silent majority just how little anti-gun lobbyist understand about freedom. Their theory is that if there are fewer guns on the streets, there will be less chance of shootings.
The reality is that the gun laws were put in place by people who saw first hand that only those in power having firearms ends in tyranny.
“As can be seen in the graph, the baseline interest in the NRA elevated at the start of the Obama-era and has remained at about the same level since, except after major school shootings.
The first major school shooting that pops up on the graph is the Sandy Hook massacre, which happened after former President Barack Obama was re-elected and the Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.
The second major school shooting that shows up on the graph is the Parkland shooting, and, as can be seen, searches for the term ‘NRA membership’ smashed Google’s all-time records for searches for that specific term.
It’s worth noting that the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, the Virginia Tech massacre, occurred in 2007, but, as can be seen on the graph, there is no spike for the search term “NRA membership.’
This is likely because the shooter used two handguns, rather than an ‘assault-style rifle,’ when he murdered 32 people, discouraging the Democrats and leftwing activists from mounting much of a gun control campaign.”
The “march for our lives” started out as a plan to inspire people who might be on the fence about giving up their guns. However, the end result was that more and more people who were apathetic before are realizing that they don’t want their rights taken away, even if they had never felt the need to exercise them before. Taking away the option is taking away the right to disagree.