Since the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has had an increase in their membership of people ages 18-20 at a rate of 1,200%.
This is an unprecedented result for the gun rights group, specifically in this age range, and is a result of grassroots efforts to support our gun rights.
SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb published a press release on March 12, where he publicly welcomed the new young members.
Gottlieb remarked, “It’s important to note, 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.”
“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group, 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,” he pointed out. “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.”
While the media focuses on high school students pushing for more gun control, Gottlieb thought that the increase in membership at the SAF in for this specific age demographic is encouraging.
He said, “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.”