David Hogg, a student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, speaking at the March for Our Lives event. Photograph: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
Along with Hogg and Gonzalez, the right found some new targets among the Parkland survivors. The one who got the most scrutiny was Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Delaney Tarr, who spoke at the Washington rally. In her speech, she suggested that bump stock bans could be expanded into further gun control. Many rightwing outlets drew the inference that the movement would not stop at an assault weapons ban, but would try to ban firearms altogether.
Would-be rightwing media monitors, Accuracy in Media, said that she was given a pass by mainstream outlets, and that the movement wanted to eventually take law-abiding citizens lawfully purchased firearms and rifles. Breitbart also used her comments to buttress a version of the rights familiar scare story about creeping regulation and gun-grabbing. Infowarss Paul Joseph Watson featured Tarrs speech in a piece which also used some protester placards to make the case that the movement was not just after assault weapons, but all guns.
Others broadened their focus, looking to discredit the movement as a whole.
At Gateway Pundit, Jim Hoft, affectionately known as the dumbest man on the Internet, was one of many who griped about the fact that a large protest led to some rubbish being left in the street, under the headline little hoggs.
Infowars signal-boosted videos from Campus Reform and independent live streamers that tried a variation on gunsplaining, screening interviews with protesters whose understanding of assault weapons was less encyclopedic than that of the average conservative media consumer. (This, it seems, somehow counts against their expressed desire to not be shot by one).
The Federalist was one of many outlets who ran stories about a candidate in the hitherto low-profile sheriffs election in Buncombe county, North Carolina. R Daryl Fishers badly judged joke about being OK with prying guns from the cold dead hands of their owners was cited as evidence of a dark and murderous undercurrent in the gun control movement. The Federalist thought this was important enough to merit signal boosting a tweet on the issue from alt-right news site, Red Elephants.
Finally, some chose to quibble about numbers. It was difficult to argue with the scale of the crowds depicted in aerial photographs of the Washington march. But the Daily Caller tried to make a fist of things by saying that the crowd was lower than some early estimates, and ripped some commentary from MSNBC suggesting that only 10% of the marchers were children.
And while other conservatives were training their barrels on Stormy Daniels, who last night did an interview about her alleged affair with the president, others found a porn star they could like. Jenna Jameson, who entered adult film in the 1990s, was celebrated by over-caffeinated conservative snark site Twitchy, among others, for tweets attacking the Parkland students, and supporting the Second Amendment.
Reeling from a mass mobilization on gun control, pro-gun conservatives will take any help they can get, no matter how surprising the source.