While students marched for gun control in Washington, DC, Americans were doing Google searches on “NRA membership” at a record pace.
Naturally, the March for Our Lives took aim at the NRA quite a bit. Since the Parkland students were given a podium in focus of every major media outlet’s camera, the NRA has been on the chopping block. This culminated in speeches, chants, and signs that all painted the NRA — not the failed law enforcement, or even the shooter — as the culprit for the Parkland shooting. So you can guess that for every bit of negative attention given to the NRA, it saw that opposite reaction.
The Daily Caller reported that searches for the term “NRA membership” surged to “peak popularity” on Google during the student gun control event. And the Daily Wire noted that, when the last 14 years of search data for the term “NRA membership” was examined, it showed “searches for the phrase spiked higher over the weekend than … in response to the gun control push and campaign against the NRA after Sandy Hook.”
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.
Interestingly, when the Virginia Tech school shooting happened back in 2007 — which is considered the deadliest school shooting in American history — there was no spike at all in search terms relating to the NRA. This is most likely due to the fact the shooter used handguns instead of an “assault style rifle.”
Democrats and gun grabbers would have likely realized the futility of attempting to take on the idea of gun control for handguns, thus they left it alone.
The bottom line is, don’t believe all the hype you hear coming from CNN and other major left-wing news networks who might be pushing a narrative that says the overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of strict gun control laws and are against the NRA. It’s simply not true.