The National Rifle Association (NRA) became the most vilified organization in the U.S. after the tragic Parkland shooting. Democrats and liberals pinned the blame on them for the massacre. The mainstream media had a field day demonizing them. And some business giants were quick to join the bandwagon and severed ties with NRA including Hertz, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Simply Safe. But guess what? NRA has gained nearly 500,000 new members since the Parkland tragedy.
Such is the single biggest increase since the shooting in Newtown Connecticut where NRA gained a smashing 100,000 within a couple of weeks only. With membership pegged at $30a year for the lowest tier, that’s certainly a huge amount for the gun lobby group now.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'm not a "join the club" kind of guy but thanks to MSM (in particular CNN), <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoycottNRA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoycottNRA</a> & companies who turned their backs on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NRA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NRA</a> members, I'm now one of the NRAs newest members.<br>Shout out to the Loesch clan for their tireless work. <a href="https://twitter.com/DLoesch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DLoesch</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisLoesch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChrisLoesch</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TweetYourNRAMembership?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TweetYourNRAMembership</a> <a href="https://t.co/cyXuTJkXay">pic.twitter.com/cyXuTJkXay</a></p>— Frank Basher (@FrankBasher) <a href="https://twitter.com/FrankBasher/status/967219917257834498?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 24, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Maybe some bought new guns out of exasperation with the biased coverage of such mainstream media as CNN like Robert Norman who recently wrote an article entitled “I bought my first gun because of the CNN Townhall” that quickly went viral and also triggered spirited discussions across the country and became the topic of many TV interviews.
Or maybe it is due to Democrats’ motive to exploit the tragic shooting to their advantage anew when they introduced a bill last week that would ban over 150 different guns if passed.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gun sales in Florida are starting to skyrocket as people rush to buy them before any laws have a chance to be implemented.<br><br>Libs don't even realize that they’re the best gun salesmen out there! 😂</p>— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) <a href="https://twitter.com/Education4Libs/status/968202478322794496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 26, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Then it could be partly due to the selective oppression of Twitter which chose to only verify and promote the survivors of the shooting that were strongly opposed to the gun lobby group but banned one who happened to be a proponent.
It could also be the constant fear tactics being fed by the mainstream media about the AR-15, a gun that has been sold to the public for 60 years, although it was only involved in 6 of the previous 96 mass shootings.
Maybe it was a combination of all the above factors. One thing that can’t be ignored, though, is that there’s no stopping Americans from upholding and practicing their right to bear arms. After all, it is the Constitution that protects and says such right should not be infringed.
Historically, NRA’s membership revenue always registers a remarkable spike after mass shootings and passionate national discussions pitting gun control versus gun rights. In 2007, there was a spike in the year that a gunman murdered 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech using several handguns. In 2013, membership revenue increased by 63 percent over the previous year, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012.
This time is unique in the sense that the media zeroed in on NRA so much harder than any other time in history and squarely blamed them for the deaths that could be attributed to so many factors, including in regulatory weaknesses in the issuance of permits to buy guns, or law enforcement shortcomings to stop the gunman in spite of previous strong red flags.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I just took a personal stand for my freedom by joining NRA! You should too! <a href="https://t.co/K4usHvo8Wp">https://t.co/K4usHvo8Wp</a> Part of my gift to my beautiful teacher wife. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TweetYourNRAMembership?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TweetYourNRAMembership</a></p>— Frederick Adam Koch (@FrederickAdamK3) <a href="https://twitter.com/FrederickAdamK3/status/967776472260857857?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 25, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Can they blame the Americans then who opted to respond by securing even lifetime memberships to the most vilified organization in the U.S. today?
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Good news that plenty of people care about their rights, but it's a shame that they didn't give their money to Gun Owners of America, a smaller organization that does not compromise with the enemy unlike Negotiate Rights Away.
Another half million people to defend our children and stand against the politicians. And don't forget the niggers.
That racist remark is called a "false flag". A liberal left that behind to further the myth that the NRA is racist. Google Colion Noir, one of the NRA's top spokespersons, and he's succinct, knowledgeable, articulate, and probably offended or amused by obvious troll.
The post # 19853 is a ridiculous attempt by a lib/progo to portray NRA members as racists. Go back to mommy's basement and play your X-box, child.
Post 19893 offends me greatly. I am a white NRA member, and the Anonymous piece of crap who posted that is likely not a NRA member.
It's very encouraging news. I agree with #19874. I'd bet $100 #19853 is LIBTARD trying to do harm. We're not that stupid Mr Racist!
Isn’t it weird the “source” at the end of this article links to a nonexistent website? This is the definition of fake news.
Link to original source has one too many zeroes. Correct link: http://theredelephants.com/nra-gained-500000-members-since-parkland-shooting/
Lots of people telling me to join the GOA instead, but I don't believe it's productive to support an uncompromising lobby group. Life is all about compromise. Hold fast to your principles and the best you can hope for is going down as a martyr. Remember that compromise won WWII. We sure as hell didn't want to make an alliance with Stalin, but we needed the Soviets.
The Bill of Right are NOT something that can or should be COMPROMISED OVER.
Look where the compromises have gotten us over the last 50 years since they started the day after Nov. 22, 1963.
50+ years and we still don't know all the facts on whom was involved in the murder of JFK?
But we do know who had the power to cover it up?
BTW: in less than 30 days the 6 month Trump imposed delay on the JFK files release ends.
The NRA should give "Oink Oink" Hogg a free lifetime membership for being salesman of the year. I wonder if he uses a condom on his loaded gun?
I became an NRA Recruiter a few months ago. I've already signed up 283 new members- just in the last 4 weeks! We will most likely be 6.5 million strong by the end of 2018. As always, we are defeating the anti-2A Liberals. MAGA!
Someone please tell "Will No. 20016" that BARACK OBAMA is the Gun And Ammo Salesman Of The Century, selling Americans 188 MILLION GUNS, and over 1 BILLION rounds of ammo. THANKS, BATH HOUSE BARRY!
I was taught gun safety as a young child. the rifle had to be supported by my father. The NRA teaches safety and is working to protect all of our rights.
stand strong, with allies and be not weak