It's already being called the tipping point for gun control legislation. On Saturday, millions around the globe joined the March For Our Lives to push for meaningful gun reform in an effort to end school violence, but the National Rifle Association believes it's all just a clever scam.
In a Facebook post, the NRA claimed the protests, led by survivors of the Florida shooting, weren't as grassroots as they appeared to be.
Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous. Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.
The group also posted a video to their YouTube channel titled "A March For Their Lies." The video featured NRA TV host Colion Noir, who mocked the protesters and called the march a "carnival."
From where I’m standing, it looks like a march to burn the Constitution and rewrite the parts that they don’t like in crayon.
In response to the protests, the NRA began a membership drive, saying it's time to “stand and fight for our kids’ safety” because, according them, the answer to gun violence is more guns.
"Take the millions going to this carnival of march & hire armed guards in schools all over this country. But then these kids would have to shrink from the spotlight..& the forces funding them would lose the opportunity to further an agenda" @MrColionNoir #AMarchForTheirLies #NRA pic.twitter.com/NDW9XOogAm— NRATV (@NRATV) March 23, 2018
Many on Twitter were outraged by the NRA's attacks:
The NRA is a despicable org that needs to either evolve with the times or close its doors. Enough of the fear mongering and false messaging.— Luc Gagne (@OverwatchFan74) March 25, 2018
All the victims and survivors are suspect if they simply disagree with your dogma? Yours is a cult of death. WE will move forward without you.— Tony Cope (@tony_myriad) March 23, 2018
Children are being demonized because they don’t want to be shot in school (or anywhere else). Never thought I would live to see this.— Cheryl Crichley (@storylake) March 25, 2018
Some saw irony in the NRA calling out special interest groups for exploiting victims of gun violence:
That's rich, coming from them who are manipulating Senators and Congressmen with bribes!— Rose. (@Rakpenguin63) March 25, 2018
Everything that the @NRA is accusing Hollywood and liberal billionaires of is exactly what the @NRA is doing to this country. They are manipulating and exploiting citizens and our government in order maintain a status quo. The @NRA uses money 💰 to control public policy. #stopit— Christian Fernandez (@ConsularChris) March 25, 2018
Before long, Twitter users were smelling blood in the water...
Here we go. NRA mocking kids...I sense it's demise is at hand.— Pat O'Connor (@author_poconnor) March 25, 2018
Of course they mock them! They know what’s coming. So the NRA has to resort to CHILDISH name calling and bullying to try to make them question their cause! All you NRAers are a joke. You are on borrowed time and they know it.— Lynn Pulaski (@LJPulaski) March 25, 2018
It’s hilarious how the big, bad NRA has resorted to shooting pot shots at these brave, eloquent kids. The only thing that comes shining through is how genuine these kids are and how frightened the NRA is of the truth.— Jan Jones (@Jonesjmdm) March 25, 2018
The NRA must perpetuate and stoke hate and violence because, without it, they might just be out of business.— Kathryn M (@natur_luvr) March 25, 2018
The only carnival is the NRA but that’s coming to an end!!— Bloomsbury Road (@bloomsbury_road) March 24, 2018
In the face of the protests, it's clear the NRA is finally feeling the pressure: