The Parkland gun control activists dominated headlines after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They appeared for television interviews and worked with other gun control organizations to hold the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., an event that, according to some estimates, drew more than two million people. Though anti-Second Amendment protesters were out in full force, the National Rifle Association and spokeswoman Dana Loesch pushed back against this rhetoric, and the gun rights organization was able to raise more and more support–and money.
The NRA raised so much money in March that it set a new record for the organization. McClatchy reports:
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.
Most of the donations, $1.9 million of the $2.4 million total, came from small donors who gave less than $200.
The most important detail of this is that nearly 80 percent of the donations came from small donors, small donors that gave less than $20o. The NRA is an organization that sustains itself because of the membership of the American people. When gun control activists criticize the NRA and say that it buys politicians, that it is responsible for mass shootings, that all it cares about is “selling firearms,” more so than the lives of children, that it has blood on its hands, these activists are talking about the American people. They’re talking about their friends, family members, coworkers, bosses, and neighbors.
Second Amendment supporters donate their money to the NRA, and its political action committee, because it is furthering their interests.
Again, the NRA exists because of the American people. Gun owners across the country, who are law-abiding, good people, support this organization because they believe in what it stands for, not because politicians have duped them or because they fantasize about being the hero in a worst-case scenario. They donate because they believe every American has the right to defend themselves and others, and they want elected officials in office to support that belief.
But how did the gun control groups fair in March of this year?
Gun control groups haven’t been able to match the NRA’s fundraising. Everytown for Gun Safety’s Political Action Fund raised $13,580 in March while former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Political Action Committee raised $129,589 in March.
The amount of money raised by the NRA dwarfed that of its political opponents. Leftists helped raise more money for the NRA with their rhetoric than it did for their cause. Priceless.
It goes to show that there is no better way to sell guns and raise money for Second Amendment causes than having leftists lose their minds. They are, without a doubt, the best salespeople out there.