"Hey, Hey, NRA, how many kids did you kill today?”
Those vile words were chanted by school children—coached by teachers and anti-gun groups—at some school walkouts in March. While such an unfair, accusatory question might make our heads want to explode, the answer is simple: None.
And that’s not the only hate speech tossed at NRA members since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Young protestors have repeatedly stated that NRA members “have blood on their hands,” and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy even called NRA members “terrorists.”
In truth, I shouldn’t have to use this space to defend America’s 5 million law-abiding NRA members. But since nobody in the so-called “mainstream” media will even question such hate speech—rather, they broadcast it loudly and widely—I guess that leaves it up to me.
In the Florida shooting, the actual shooter has faced little blame from those who hate guns and gun owners. He’s the criminal here, and everyone should be able to understand that. Instead, somehow the focus of rage is on the NRA—a group of normal, lawful citizens who have banded together to protect fundamental liberties.
Of course, law enforcement had plenty of chances to stop the shooting before it ever occurred. The FBI was alerted on at least two occasions that the killer likely had plans to shoot up a school—once just a month before the tragedy. Instead of following up on the leads, FBI agents simply pushed those warnings aside.
Also, the school’s resource officer, employed by the sheriff’s office, huddled behind cover as the killer shot student after student, not entering the building until the shooting was over. Other sheriff’s deputies who arrived on the scene were also told to stand down, resulting in the killer never being confronted until after he left school property. Only a few months before, a caller from Massachusetts had alerted the sheriff’s office that Cruz was collecting guns and knives and could be a “school shooter in the making.”
Fact is, despite all the hate speech by those who would curtail our rights, there is no epidemic of NRA members killing children or committing terror attacks. If there was, you’d darn sure hear about it in the NRA-hating media. Meanwhile, as gun-ban advocates within and outside of the media focus their ire on you and me—even having the gall to accuse us of being purveyors of hate speech—real solutions aren’t being considered because of this misplaced malice.
Focusing on protecting an important civil right—as NRA members have done for decades—isn’t a crime. We cannot let hate speech from gun-ban proponents distract us from that mission.