A federal judge ruled that the NRA must name anonymous plaintiffs fighting a gun control law introduced in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting.
The NRA had filed a lawsuit against Florida lawmakers after they approved gun legislation that would raise the age to buy guns to 21 years old.
But they wanted to keep the names of the plaintiffs secret, claiming they could face abuse.
A federal judge ruled that the NRA must name anonymous plaintiffs fighting a gun control law introduced in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting
District Judge Mark Walker told the court he’d like to help them, but his hands were tied by precedent, Fox News reports.
Incredibly, he gave the example of the ‘vitriol’ and ‘harassment’ faced by the brave young Parkland shooting survivors, from gun lovers, conservatives and right-wingers, as a reason why the gun activists should be protected.
‘If it were entirely up to this court, the court would not hesitate to grant the NRA’s motion,’ Walker wrote in his ruling.
‘One need only look to the harassment suffered by some of the Parkland shooting survivors to appreciate the vitriol that has infected public discourse about the Second Amendment. And this court has no doubt the harassment goes both ways.’
District Judge Mark Walker told the court he’d like to help them, and gave the example of the ‘vitriol’ and ‘harassment’ that gun lovers, conservatives and right-wingers had imposed on the brave young Parkland shooting victims (such as David Hogg, pictured)
Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham mocked gun control activist and Parkland shooting survivor Hogg on Twitter after he argued for new laws
Marion Hammer, a former president of the NRA and a Florida lobbyist, said the NRA was ‘very disappointed’ in the judge’s decision not to keep the name of the two 19-year-old defendants private, adding it was too soon to decide what it was doing next.
‘We’re trying to shield these young adults from some of the most evil, hateful stuff you can imagine,’ Hammer said in an email.’
‘Individuals should be able to stand up for their rights and beliefs in the Second Amendment without having to expose themselves to harassment and bullying.’
There have been greater calls for gun controls after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, killing 17 and leaving 15 wounded.
Brave teen and shooting survivor David Hogg has lead calls for boycotts of corporations and politicians who continue to support the NRA.
Students were brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the shooting by the former student
Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, two weeks after 17 people were killed in a shooting
But he, and his fellow survivors, have faced a furious backlash, with some reporting threats and online bullying.
Even conservative commentator Laura Ingraham mocked gun control activist and Parkland shooting survivor Hogg on Twitter, writing that he’d been rejected from four colleges over his GPA, prompting Hogg to urge a boycott of Ingraham’s TV advertisers.
Although Ingraham has since apologized to Hogg, the Parkland student has rejected it and continues to push for stricter gun control laws in the United States.