Americans Rally to NRA, Shatter 15 Year Fundraising Record

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The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million in March, marking its largest single month haul in at least 15 years.

The record fundraising total came during the first full month following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February.

McClatchy reported that the tally was $1.6 million more than the NRA raised during the month of February and $1.5 million more than the group took in during March 2017.

The news service noted that most of the donations during March of this year — $1.9 million of the $2.4 million — came from small donations of $200 or less.

The immediate aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School saw a push for new gun control measures, both at the national and state level.

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Some states passed new laws in a matter of weeks — including Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Vermont — while others continue to consider legislation. The most common change has been raising the age to purchase so-called assault weapons from 18 to 21.

The banning of “bump stocks,” which effectively turns a semi-automatic weapon to fully automatic, has been another active area for legislation.

President Donald Trump announced last month a new federal regulation banning the devices.

The NRA became a focal point for gun control advocates.

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The Washington Post reported that the pro-Second Amendment group was repeatedly attacked from the stage at the March for Our Lives.

A GoFundMe site set up by March for Our Lives has raised $3.5 million since Feb. 18.

The organization’s leaders called for any political candidate supported by the NRA to be voted out of office.

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The NRA made an online push to counter the narrative that the organization somehow shared responsibility for the 19-year-old Marjory Stoneman alumni, who killed 17 people at the school.

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch also appeared on multiple media outlets, including a CNN town hall in February, and pointed out both state and local officials’ multiple failures in preventing the tragedy, arguing the gunman should never have been able to purchase a firearm.

Earlier this month, the NRA announced a new membership drive to sign up 100,000 members in 100 days.

“The enemies of freedom are well-organized and well-funded, and it’s our responsibility to fight back,” the NRA’s Jason Brown said. “The Second Amendment needs you now more than ever.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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