Now the NRA is resentful that the nation supports children who survived a school shooting.
The NRA is reeling from the grassroots backlash unleashed by the latest mass murder at an American school. One of the board members from the extremist organization is lamenting the effectiveness of the uprising and is fuming about "the sympathy factor of kids getting killed."
Fourteen children were murdered in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Three staff members were also killed. Fourteen others were wounded.
Cotton wrote on a message board that "we’ve never had this level of opposition before, not ever." He concluded with the claim that gun safety groups are "playing on the sympathy factor of kids getting killed."
He never entertained the notion that Americans are fed up and outraged over the preventable slaughter of children in their classrooms.
This isn't the first time Cotton has lashed out in this manner.
When a gunman attacked Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and killed nine innocent people, Cotton blamed one of the state legislators who was murdered in the attack for the killing because "he voted against concealed-carry."
The outspoken teenage survivors of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas are representative of the growing national outrage being directed at Cotton and his NRA allies.
Just look at the Twitter account of Emma Gonzalez, who made the impassioned speech declaring "we call b.s." on the NRA for an example of this. The NRA has been on the site since 2009, but Gonzalez now has over 955,000 followers, dwarfing the NRA's 584,000.
Corporate America is also hearing the outrage. Called out about their affiliations with group, companies are stepping away rather than defend the NRA's extremism.
The NRA's blanket opposition to any gun legislation is making it toxic.
For a long time, the NRA got everything that it wanted, without opposition from the public. But the power and hold they have over politicians, especially Republicans, does not extend to the rest of America.
Right now, that dynamic is under assault and the NRA is on the losing end. So they are loudly whining when the victims of the massacres they enabled had no voice.
The tables have turned.