The American Right is powerfully united by their opposition to gun control. Therefore, the #marchforourlives, led by idealistic young people, drew quick and vehement criticism from the right. According to The Guardian, the first strategy was to attack campaign leaders, such as students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.
Gab, a right-wing social media company, spread a doctored animation of Emma Gonzalez, where she seemed to be ripping up the U.S. constitution. Ben Garrison, a cartoonist, drew Hogg as an assault rifle being brandished by CNN and firing Marxism. Breitbart also disseminated tweets accusing Hogg of giving a Nazi salute.
On Front Page, Bruce Thornton criticized Hogg’s “profanity laced tantrums” and called he and his peers political “shock troops” who were manipulated by a progressive “ideology of melodrama and moral exhibitionism.”
The right also targeted Parkland survivors, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Delaney Tarr. Tarr spoke at the Washington Rally and said that bans on bump stocks could be expanded into more gun control. Breitbart used her comments to advance a story about creeping regulations and “gun-grabbing.”
Gun conservatives are using any ammo they can get.