They really have no idea how donations to the nation’s leading gun group could have increased post-Newtown. All they need to do is go back and look at their slanderous coverage following the isolated incident.
Donations to the National Rifle Association soared in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, new filings show.
Contributions and grants to the NRA in 2013 totaled $96.4 million, up 11.5% from the $86.4 million raised the previous year, according to the latest financial disclosure form filed by the gun group with the IRS.
The money poured in as Congress and states, including New York, debated gun control measures following the massacre in 2012 of 20 children and six instructors at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a crazed gunman in December 2012.
“It’s very perverse,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. “Most Americans would have a visceral reaction toward those numbers following a tragedy where 20 (kids) were slaughtered.”
Most people did have a visceral reaction to the maniac killing those kids. Then you had politicians looking to capitalize on it by demonizing an innocent group of people. This clown group led by Barrett, for example.
Barrett charged that the NRA riled up its base with “fearmongering” that President Obama and the left wanted to take away people’s guns following the Newtown horror.
Well, that’s what they want.
“They are very good at stoking fear amongst a certain segment of the population,” Barrett said.
Pot, meet kettle.
Donations and grants were not the only NRA revenue to jump after Newtown.
The NRA reported that its total revenue in 2013 increased by 35.8%, to $348 million. That includes $175.6 million in membership dues.
And anti-gun nut Michael Bloomberg has donation hundreds of millions to group such as Barrett’s in order to stoke fear amongst a certain segment of the population, and it’s backfired badly. Clueless clowns.