The NRA has added 250,000 new members in the 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.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Game

    Huh, the NRA is gaining millions from the shooting of children? Never let a crisis go to waste, right?

    • Rob

      Gosh, I wonder who is making Americans feel like they need to invest money into an organization dedicated to protecting gun rights?

  • WOOF

    Fifth Columnists.

    • Rob

      Yes, Poodle, this civil rights group is a “fifth column.”

      • WOOF

        The NRA is whatever its members say it is. It was not always against gun control. New members new ideas.
        Alex Jones is examining the possibility of a conspiracy.

        • LastBestHope

          Good for Alex. The fifth column working outta our White House needs to be exposed.

          As for the NRA, their mission statement is posted online and their intentions are made perfectly clear. 4.2 million members and growing indicates a high level of customer satisfaction. I joined the National Rifle Association last week yet I don’t hunt, don’t have a concealed carry permit, am not a collector of firearms. I am a registered gun owner but haven’t been to the range to shoot in years. So why join?

          When enlisting in the Navy in 1980, I took an oath to defend our Constitution. That oath had no expiration date. Today our Constitution is under assault, the 2nd Amendment specifically. Our “Bill of Rights” is not a list of helpful suggestions. Those inspired amendments are timeless laws meant to ensure individual liberty.

          The NRA shares my view that we must stand together against the ever expanding intrusions of blue state / federal government power that are now threatening American freedoms.

  • LastBestHope

    The dems will soon drop their gun grab enthusiasm ’cause it’s not a political winner. Our democrat Congress-folk don’t know what $16+Trillion of our national debt adds up to (and don’t care that this debt cancer is going up at the rate of $4Billion a day)

    …but they Can count votes.

    Take a look at these numbers and the percentiles they represent. In almost every state, they are large enough to decide every Congressional election in 2014.


    “Here is a little data that might be of interest as we watch pols across the country take up sides on this fight. I tracked down the number of FBI background checks for gun purchases by state, and divided them by a recent state population figure, to get a kind of per capital gun ownership index. Not perfect – places that have had guns for a long time may have slower new transactions with plenty in the closets e.g. – but still pretty indicative. One other proviso – Kentucky is a huge outlier on the high side, reflecting a large number of mail order and internet gun distributors operating in that state. Here is the list and numbers, from least checks to most –

    New Jersey 0.97% (Hello Governor Christie, now we get it), Hawaii 1.27%, New York 1.74% (the gov can come out against guns because no one in his state buys them – legally, at any rate), Rhode Island 2.29%, Maryland 2.34%, California 3.01%, Massachusetts 3.19%, Delaware 3.39%, Michigan 4.36% (surprisingly low given its upstate deer hunting culture), Florida 4.38%, Nebraska 4.66%, Iowa 4.82% (along with Nebraska surprisingly low for a rural and farm state, some pacifist tradition communities in both), North Carolina 5.07%, Arizona 5.24%, Nevada 5.38%, Ohio 5.45%, Vermont 5.51% (only half hippie, half backwoods), Virginia 5.54%, Texas 5.59% (surprisingly right in the middle), South Carolina 6.59%, Connecticut 6.63% (huge outlier within the NE), New Mexico 6.89%, Oregon .6.9% (not just hippies, also loggers and backwoods types), Maine 6.92%, Louisiana 7.13%, Indiana 7.3%, Kansas 7.35%, Mississippi 7.46%, Pennsylvannia 7.6% (high for NE, plenty of rural living), Washington state 7.6%, Illinois 8.05% (very high for its politics and reputation), Colorado 8.11%, Tennessee 8.19%, Wisconsin 8.22%, Minnesota 8.25%, Arkansas 8.38%, Utah 8.38%, Missouri 8.54%, Idaho 8.61%, Alabama 8.98%, Oklahoma 9.7%, New Hampshire 9.73% (even bigger NE outlier), South Dakota 10.73%, Georgia 11.03%, Alaska 11.04%, Wyoming 11.15% (see recent news out of its state legislature), West Virginia 12.16%, North Dakota 12.41%, Montana 13.47%, Kentucky 56.98% (mail order and internet gun businesses).

    Understand, those are not gun ownership measures directly, but measures of the portion of the population that applied to buy one or more guns just in the last year”

    Courtesy of blogger JasonC @ NRO