NRA membership up 250K in last month
January 15th, 2013
02:37 PM ET
2 years ago

NRA membership up 250K in last month

Washington (CNN) – The National Rifle Association has seen what the organization calls an "unprecedented" spike in membership numbers over the last month, the group's spokesman told CNN Tuesday.

Approximately 250,000 people have joined the organization's existing 4.25 million members, according to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, since new calls for gun control began surfacing in the immediate aftermath of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

"This is in direct response to the threats and accusations coming from Sen. (Dianne) Feinstein and President Obama," Arulanandam said.

"If anyone is wondering if the American people cared about the Second Amendment ... those numbers give a very clear answer," he added.

The last time the nation's most powerful gun lobby saw a similar surge in membership, Arulanandam said, was during the Clinton administration.

In addition to new members, the NRA is also receiving an influx of financial contributions.

"This is going to be a very expensive and hard-fought fight," Arulanandam said about the upcoming legislative battle in Congress over new gun legislation.

Obama will reveal the administration's proposals for new restrictions on firearms on Wednesday.


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The NRA can care less about it's members or the 2nd Amendment. They're all about protecting gun manufacturers billion dollar profits. It's always about the money.

    January 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Squigman

    10 million flies may hover close to a pile of manure. Doesn't mean it's edible.

    January 15, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. nitromays

    They could care less about the children that needlessly died being where they were suppose to be.

    January 15, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. rs

    Wow, so they represent what, about 1.47% of the American public?

    January 15, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Shorter NRA: "Demagoguery works."

    January 15, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Wow, so they represent what, about 1.47% of the American public?"

    And controll 100% of the GOP/Teatrolls in Congress.

    This episode of Herpaderp Street brought to you by the letter $.

    January 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -"This is in direct response to the threats and accusations coming from Sen. (Dianne) Feinstein and President Obama," Arulanandam said.

    "If anyone is wondering if the American people cared about the Second Amendment ... those numbers give a very clear answer," he added.
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    Wow. Out of a population of over 300 million, 250,000 people decide to throw their lot in with the NRA. Not very impressive, especially in light of the fact that one gun control group saw an increase of over 500,000 in the last few months. Kind of negates whatever progress the NRA made in a month. By theway, anyone download the new NRA shooting app they released recently?

    January 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. onlyfacts

    Yes hurry brainless citizens the evil dictator is coming to take away your guns, just like Clinton did! Oh wait, uh...never mind.

    January 15, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. ncmyk

    put an armed security guard in every school is the nra's solution...

    will the nra pay for this? would the nra support a gun and ammo tax to pay for this?

    if an armed security guard is the best defense against a crazy person with an assult weapon, then maybe fort hood should have had some of those....................explain that one away, nra!

    January 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. James Bond

    Another 1% trying to set policy for the other 99% democracy anyone?

    January 15, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Ed1

    Everyone needs to take a chill pill.
    I agree that the mentally ill shouldn't be allowed to buy guns but it's not the guns but the people.
    According to USA Weekend 1-11-1-13-2013 60 children that's right 60 children are killed every week by cars and trucks that back over them. Should we ban all cars and trucks that don't have backup cameras no we should hold people accountable and should be the same case with guns. Why don't we have the same outrage about people backing over children that's easy no press coverage.
    Every time something happens with guns it's front page news and when you look at all the people that buy guns tell me how many of them go out and commit mass murders not that many because they follow the laws that are in place now.
    All I heard was when we are allowed to get a concealed weapons permit murders would go threw the roof guess what they went down.
    Take a breath and let's discuss the terrible murder of 20 children at a school and act like we have some common sense and not some knee jerk reaction.
    A ban on all semi automatic weapons is not only stupid but the people that are pushing this really don't have a clue about guns and how they work.
    I keep hearing that we should ban all assault weapons we don't have any on the market now. An assault weapon is a gun that can fire three rounds with one pull of the trigger, fire one round with one pull of the trigger, and car fire full automatic with just holding the trigger down. It just about the hardest permit to get is for a fully automatic weapon and if you want to put a cost on that why not charge $50,000 a year for each permit.
    Please know what you are talking about before you take the same path as almost every socialist and communist country out there in the world. It wouldn't take long before that could happen with all the BS going on out there right now and that includes Obama and his party.

    January 15, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    250 thousands more supporters for child predator

    January 15, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. GuestAgain

    Nice to see everyone hasnt been brainwashed into forfeiting their rights and freedoms for politcal reasons.

    January 15, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Facts don't Lie

    so I guess if they tell us that we are supposed to believe it right?

    January 15, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Susan

    I believe there are more than 5 million Americans who are just as outraged that innocent children were murdered and will demand action, will be willing to contribute financially and will fight just as hard as the NRA.

    January 15, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Jesus

    The NRA is disgusting me right now – I think Americans have the right to own reasonable guns for protection or target practice or hunting but this NRA BS has to stop. THEY ARE NOT AS POWERFUL AS THEY CLAIM ....

    Whatever your political flavor is .. you should consider joining Gabby Gifford's PAC .. I am going to do it even though I have never done anything like it before. In order for people to realize the NRA is not as big and bad as they portray themselves to be – the other side needs to organize and show its mass too.

    January 15, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. PJ

    Where's the story on the sick, new app the NRA introduced today???????? You know, the one, using coffins as
    targets, and recommended for ages FOUR and up.

    January 15, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Larry L

    Somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of Americans believe the earth to be less than 10,000 years old. Why would an increase in a gun lobby's membership immediately after kindergarten children were gunned down surprise anybody?

    January 15, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Oscar

    There are a lot of gun owners out there that belong to other organizations other than the NRA. And I mean a lot for almost each segment of your specifc shooting preference. That does not include alot of specific groups that are pro-gun but focus on conservation like Ducks Unlimited. Some are very good groups and this sure helps their funding.

    January 15, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. beconsiderate

    I DON'T belong to the NRA and I VOTE.

    January 15, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Wilson

    About 70,000 people have died in Mexico in drug violence since 2006, according to the written copy of a speech presented by Mexico's interior secretary in December.
    -------------------------
    Well, that is 70,000 that won't be sneaking across the border into this country.

    January 15, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Aviator

    Being against an assault weapons ban and caring about kids dying needlessly have as little to do with each other as going to War with Iraq and WMD. Unfortunately money is the end all be all of everything which is why I gave plenty to ensure my rights!

    January 15, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Ind.

    It's obvious that democrats HATE the 2nd amendment and American rights.

    January 15, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. N. S.

    WE need to find the mentally challenged who should not own a firearm.
    Here is a good place to start, any one who joined NRA after Sandy Hook, and LaPierre's public lunacy is a dangerous nut.
    B T W, didn't NRA claim a 6 million membership, two weeks ago?

    January 15, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Dr. Bob MD PhD

    My wife and I both have guns and we believe in the protection of the second amendment. I am a medical doctor and she is a retired police officer. HOWEVER there is no justifiable reason for citizens to own assault rifles. Every law enforcement officer we know is against the public owning them.I was going to join the NRA but after Mr. LaPierre's moronic response to the massacre I wouldn't associate myself with such a group of lunatics.

    January 15, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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