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NRA Sees Its Membership Grow By 8,000 A Day

From Fox News:

NRA sees rise in membership after Connecticut school shooting

December 19, 2012

The National Rifle Association, while staying mostly quiet in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut, has registered an average of 8,000 new members a day since the tragedy, an NRA source told Fox News.

While this broadly aligns with trends seen after similar incidents in the past, the surge in membership this time is said to dwarf past trends.

The source, based on his access to an internal memo prepared by the organization’s membership division, said both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in this period.

Amid the uptick, the NRA is planning what it describes as a “major” news conference on Friday. In its first public statement since last week’s shooting, issued Tuesday by an aide to NRA President Wayne LaPierre, the organization also conveyed condolences to the murder victims’ families and expressed the group’s willingness to offer "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters — and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown," the statement said on Tuesday.

How many other organizations have over four million members? What is NOW’s membership, for instance? Or the NAACP’s?

"Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting."

Sources close to the issue had earlier alerted Fox News that the National Rifle Association would soon start to "push back" against gun-control proponents.

They better get started pushing back. As the California Democrat Willie Brown once observed, “In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours.”

Meanwhile, there is this from the Associated Press:

Armored backpacks and a rush on guns after Conn.

By BRADY McCOMBS and BRIAN SKOLOFF | December 20, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Ken Larson’s 1-year-old son starts school in a few years, he’ll be carrying an armored backpack.

One year old?

After the Connecticut school shooting, Larson and his wife have decided to buy him one just to be safe. Larson already owns one himself that he takes with him when he goes to the movies.

"It’s a no brainer. My son’s life is invaluable," said Larson, 41, of Denver. "If I can get him a backpack for $200 that makes him safer, I don’t even have to think about that." …

The armor inserts fit into the back panel of a child’s backpack, and sell for up to $400, depending on the retailer. The armor is designed to stop bullets from handguns, not assault weapons like the one used in the shooting at the Newtown, Conn., school…

Still, the manufacturers and some parents say that while they don’t guarantee children won’t be killed, they could be useful as shields.

Some experts, however, say sending children to school in armored backpacks is not a healthy response to fear about mass shootings. Anne Marie Albano, psychiatry director at Columbia University’s Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, said parents should convey calmness, not anxiety.

"This is not serving to keep children safe," she said. "This is serving to increase their fear and their suspicion of their peers." …

You think? Still, these are a great public relations stunt for the gun grabbers.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NRA Sees Its Membership Grow By 8,000 A Day”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    NEWS FLASH! Laws don’t actually stop criminals, GUNS stop criminals. (maybe that is why the police are armed with GUNS instead of a copy of the statutes)

    Liberals and the political class, those that don’t live in reality, think that a bunch of lawyers in a legislative building, passing around really nice papers with fancy stamps on them, that eventually get put in the law library, ACTUALLY HAS ANY AFFECT on the criminal mind.–as if the criminals are not aware that what they are doing is prohibited.

    “Well heck! We wrote down on paper that you can’t DO that, why don’t some people listen? I know! We will vote on ANOTHER piece of paper with a REEEEALLY fancy stamp on it, and scowl real hard at anyone who thinks about ignoring it.”

    It’s just folly. You bring a GUN to a GUN fight idiots! Only nerds (the people voted into office) would think of presenting a copy (in triplicate) of the latest law to inform the perpetrator to cease and desist. Nothing intimidates the criminal class more than lawyers with pens!

    No wonder guns have been flying off the shelves, and NRA membership is increasing. The people who know better have decided not to wait for more papers to shuffle around, and centralized union members to come after-the-fact, to make a nice chalk outline. It seems that people have more faith in gun ownership, than the political class drumming up more paperwork.

    A candlelight vigil is a great thing, as long as it isn’t for you.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Staggering. And Good News.

  3. Kytross says:

    CT law states that all stored firearms must be locked and ammo storeed separately. The shooter broke the law on the following issues:

    – When he stole his mother’s guns
    – Entering the gun-free zone around the school.
    – Killing folks.
    -Walking on the street with a loaded rifle
    -carrying a pistol without a permit.

    The mother broke the law when she didn’t lock her guns up in a way her son couldn’t get to

    The shooter also could not purchase a gun from a gunshop in this state because of his battle with mental illness.

    Gun control legislation will not stop massacres. The only legislation I recommend is eliminating gun free zones so responsible, liscensed citizens can protect themselves & others.

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