While students across the country are staging walkouts at their schools Wednesday, some to protest for tougher gun laws, others probably just to skip class for a bit, many young adults are silently joining gun-rights organizations.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said this week that it’s observed a groundswell of support from post-millennials following the mass killing in Parkland, Florida.
SAF recorded a 1,200 percent increase in the number of 18- to 20-year-olds joining and supporting the organization, according to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.
“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group,” said Gottlieb, “since the gun rights movement typically trends toward older Americans. But the 18- to 20-year-olds have never been specifically targeted before, and they are obviously alarmed. This influx of young Americans into the gun rights movement is important, not just to respond to the current gun control threat, but as the movement has gotten older, it is encouraging to see so many young adults getting involved in support of Second Amendment rights.”
Lawmakers at both the federal and state level have been pushing legislation to ban the sale of all firearms to that age group. Florida — the GunShine State — just enacted such a law. One can argue that if it can happen there it can happen anywhere.
The assault on this demo isn’t just coming from politicians, though. Major retailers like Dick’s and Walmart have also opted to stop selling long guns to adults under the age of 21. This discriminatory targeting has precipitated at least one lawsuit.
“It’s important to note,” Gottlieb explained, “that this interest surge has been organic on the Internet. SAF did nothing special to make it happen. They have really done this on their own, finding us on the Internet and following up.”
Students staging these walkouts, on the other hand, have received a boatload of support from the media, corporations, celebrities, and gun-control organizations. The goal is to make it appear as if every student supports gun control.
“I want young adults in the 18-to-20 age group to know they are welcome in the gun rights movement,” he stressed. “While the media has paraded high school students to push a gun control agenda, the age group that is now being targeted by that effort is energizing, and showing that there is another side to this controversy.”