The leftist push for gun control in the wake of a Florida school shooting took a turn for the bizarre — and creepy — Tuesday morning, after a billboard in Louisville, Kentucky was vandalized with the words, “KILL THE NRA.”
The billboard is apparently “calling out the National Rifle Association following the recent school shootings in Kentucky and Florida,” according to local media. The message was signed, “Resist 45” — the calling card of a local Kentucky group that “opposes President Donald Trump” (to put it mildly) — likely some of the same people who have been suggesting Republicans have “blood on their hands” for supporting gun rights.
Photos of the billboard quickly spread across social media.
— Courier Journal (@courierjournal) February 20, 2018
The sign fails on several fronts. For starters, it’s difficult to “kill” an organization that has millions of members. More importantly, however, it defeats the purpose of calling for “peace” in the wake of a violent incident to call for the systematic elimination of other human beings.
The NRA was quick to respond, sharing photos of the billboard on Facebook with the message, “this is a wakeup call. They’re coming after us.” So far, the NRA’s post has been shared nearly 70,000 times.
Members of the NRA and other unaffiliated gun owners also responded on Twitter, suggesting that if leftists thought they were going to give up their legally purchased weapons before, they can disabuse themselves of any notion of that happening now.
“Kill The NRA” Hey liberals. A great way to get gun owners to talk about gun control is to threaten to kill them. That’ll surely convince them to give up their guns & not buy more. #LiberalLogic
— Enzo (@EnzoArce_1) February 20, 2018
Kill the NRA… Liberals always trying to kill things. Unborn babies, free speech, Rand Paul, Steve Scalise. Democrats= party of DEATH
— R. Wolfe (@WhoWolfe) February 20, 2018
Outfront Media, which owns the tagged billboard, confirmed to local TV stations that the structure was vandalized and that they are working to remove the message, according to Fox News.
This is not the first time that “Resist 45” has struck outside of Louisville. Last year, the same group put a guerilla message up on what appears to be the same billboard, instructing passersby to “grab life by the pussy,” an apparent reference to now-President Donald Trump’s comments to Billy Bush in an Access Hollywood outtake.