The NRA is an organization that thrives on controversy. The more it or its charge, the 2nd Amendment, are attacked the stronger it gets. It shares this ability with organizations like Chick-fil-A who only grow in influence and cash with every assault.
After the Parkland shooting occurred, the attack on the 2nd Amendment, gun owners, and the NRA began before the bodies had time to cool. This is par for the media course, as the left never lets a crisis go to waste, and pounced on their opportunity to push gun control. This time they did so with gusto, and instead of activists, they used children as a delivery system for their message.
It’s a tactic that sent the gun control argument to new heights, and the relentless assault on the gun-owning public was a sight to behold. There were school walkouts, marches, speeches, commercials, articles, interviews, and Ellen appearances. It was a gun control circus that P.T. Barnum would have thought was a bit much.
But the public definitely did think it was too much, and they ran straight to Fort 2A, also known as the National Rifle Association. Afraid they were going to lose their rights in some form or fashion, the NRA’s numbers grew by leaps and bounds, and so did their donations according to the Miami Herald.
In fact, they grew so much that it broke a 15-year record:
The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million from March 1 to March 31, the group’s first full month of political fundraising since the nation’s deadliest high school shooting on Valentine’s Day, according to filings submitted to the Federal Elections Commission. The total is $1.5 million more than the organization raised during the same time period in 2017, when it took in $884,000 in donations, and $1.6 million more than it raised in February 2018.
The $2.4 million haul is the most money raised by the NRA’s political arm in one month since June 2003, the last month when electronic federal records were readily available. It surpasses the $1.1 million and $1.5 million raised in January and February 2013, the two months after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
According to the Miami Herald, $1.9 million of the $2.4 million total came from small donors who gave less than $200.
This indicates that the push to keep our 2nd Amendment rights nice and unalienable comes from the general public. No one should be surprised by this, however. Despite the ferocity of the protests and campaigns against guns, our gun rights are still here.
The NRA’s Saiyan-like ability to become stronger the more it’s attacked isn’t a testament to the NRA’s political savvy, but to the American people’s clear decision that our guns won’t be going anywhere. The next time the gun grabbers decide to pounce, remember that the NRA’s explosive growth is a clear sign that we’re a gun culture, and we’re going to stay that way.