At first glance, one might think that exploding Yetis and booming donations to NRA-ILA are completely unrelated. But the connection is simple. Both show that NRA members and other law-abiding gun owners are past the point of just being sick and tired of the relentless blame being heaped upon them for the violent criminal acts of others.
For years, NRA members—individual Americans who have simply chosen to band together with like-minded individuals to protect their freedom—have been maligned, denigrated and blamed for deadly attacks that have absolutely nothing to do with them. But since the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in February—committed by a crazed young man who was on the radar of all the key law enforcement agencies there, yet they did nothing—the vicious attacks have escalated.
We have the governor of Connecticut calling us terrorists and saying NRA members have “blood on their hands.”
We have 17-year-old gun hater David Hogg claiming in a foul-mouthed rant that “Our parents don’t know how to use a [expletive] democracy” and demanding that Vice President Mike Pence cancel his speech at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Dallas.
We have anti-gun venture capitalist Nick Hanauer saying, “NRA supporters are bad people.”
We even have schoolchildren, at the direction of their teachers’ union handlers, chanting, “Hey, hey NRA, how many kids did you kill today?”
Make no mistake: We’re sick of it! Of course we hate being called child murderers and terrorists. Who wouldn’t?
Now’s the time to take a stand. That’s what those destroying their Yetis and making record ILA contributions are doing. They’re showing how fed up we all are with being constantly attacked for simply working together to save our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. That’s also why the Association has seen a huge recent surge in membership—up to nearly 6 million members.
While gun haters and gun-ban advocates like to call us demeaning names and make us out to be monsters, they won’t like the results of their recent tirades. According to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, the Association has “never been stronger, never been more energized, and never been more equipped with strong, courageous and battle-proven leaders.”
To all the haters, bring it on. We’re prepared for the battle.