The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) gun rights group is based in Bellevue, Washington. Since the Florida shooting fallout has targeted 18 to 20 year olds, their membership has grown by 1,200 percent in that age range. It doesn’t bode well for gun bills that target ordinary young adults. And nobody pressured them into joining the SAF, they just did it because they realized their rights were being trampled.
A statement released by SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb read:
Since the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school last month resulted in efforts to restrict firearms ownership by young adults, the Second Amendment Foundation has experienced a 1,200 percent increase in the number of 18- to 20-year-olds joining or supporting the organization, SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb reported today.
“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group,” Gottlieb noted, “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.
“SAF has always conducted leadership training conferences,” he continued, “but now we’ll increase our emphasis on a younger audience, to integrate them into leadership roles.”
Gottlieb became aware of the spike in younger memberships after three weeks of almost non-stop news and editorializing about preventing young adults from buying firearms, especially modern sporting rifles. The issue really intensified after legislation was signed in Florida to raise the age limit on firearms purchases, and at least two national chains imposed their own restrictions.
“It’s important to note,” Gottlieb said, “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.
“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.”
As you have seen on our page, there have been numerous young people who are standing against the pressure to “perform” for the gun control crowd. They have endured ridicule, bullying, school sanctions, and extreme peer pressure, only to make them more energized. As the push to destroy the rights of 18-to 20 year olds gains steam, so is the pushback from not only that age group but even younger of high school age. If the anti-gunners continue their attempts, there will be severe consequences, guaranteed.
If you are not mature enough to own a rifle at 18, but you are old enough to carry one into battle…there is something extremely wrong with our nation’s leadership. Destroying the rights of young men and women who are legal adults is one of the most unconstitutional actions conceived.