The Rise and Fall of the NRA

It started as a hunting group — but today the NRA is practically unrecognizable from its inception almost 150 years ago.

Student-led Demonstrations Around the U.S. Lead to NRA Financial Free Fall

How did the NRA go from a hunting and shooting group to gaining 5.5 million members millions of dollars in income massive political influence — then an organization in “grave danger?” In 1871 - The National Rifle Association is founded by former Union generals to support hunters, sportsmen, target shooters after the Civil War. 1968 - President Lyndon Johnson signs the Gun Control Act of 1968 regulating the sale of firearms. From 1975 – 1976, After decades as a nonpartisan organization, the NRA establishes a lobbying arm, and a political action committee in part to campaign against gun sale restrictions. 1999 - Fortune Magazine calls the NRA the most powerful lobbying organizationin the United States. April 20, 1999 - A shooting at Columbine High School sparks countrywide debates about gun control. 2016 - The NRA spends over $400 million supporting Donald Trump and other Republican candidates — it’s highest election cycle spending ever.

17 students are killed in a shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. February 17, 2018 Parkland student Emma González becomes an overnight celebrity-activist with her “We Call BS” speech. Over the next few months, the Parkland students build a grassroots campaign against the NRA and in favor of gun control. Over 1 million people attend March For Our Lives — a series of student-led demonstrations around the U.S. protesting gun violence. Months of public pressure lead companies like Avis, Delta, and Fedex to sever their financial ties with the NRA.

The NRA reports losing $55 million in income for the year. A fundraising letter, NRA Chief Executive Wayne Lappierre warns of the group's dire financials. A public feud between NRA president Oliver North and Lappierre leads to North stepping down. New York Attorney General Letitita James launches an investigation into the NRA’s finances. The NRA is forced to shut down its online media arm and an NRA lobbyist reports that the organization is in “grave danger.”


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  • Siul Z.
    07/18/2019 11:07

    It don’t matter .. guns are more important that keeping your child save from school shootings shooing isn’t in the bill of rights lmao guns are duh

  • John S.
    07/18/2019 12:02

    Couldnt be happier. When the NRA went from responsible gun advocated to extremist gun pushers... they lost all credibility.

  • David F.
    07/18/2019 12:23

    The 2nd Amendment has literally zero to do with hunting. It’s to give you the right to defend yourself from government

  • Brad F.
    07/18/2019 13:25

    How ever you want it.

  • Brut
    07/18/2019 13:34

    Gun laws vary drastically from state to state. See which ones make it easier — or harder — to buy a gun.

  • Matthew P.
    07/18/2019 14:29

    Us over here in Australia (on average) can't believe some of the stuff this organisation peddles. It's pretty gross and blatant

  • Mel O.
    07/18/2019 14:52

    nra has been nothing but fear, terror, murder and hypocrisy. This terror cell is responsible for the death and murder of tens of thousands of people. Worse than taliban and al quida COMBINED. Name just one benefit that terror cell affiliate itself with. Just one. The gun lobby looks at their bottom line which is the result of death and murder of innocent people. Second amendment does not provide for the people to arm themselves. It says '' time of need TO DEFEND the country..'' If nra claims they are a militia, , then tell us against who? The people? The government? A foreign threat? Just who? nra HAS to be abolished.

  • James D.
    07/18/2019 17:31

    The right to bear arms

  • James D.
    07/18/2019 17:35

    David hoggs didnt even attend that school his dad was in the fbi hes just trying to be a politician he hasn't got a clue

  • Korey C.
    07/18/2019 19:41

    Just like men shouldn't be able to talk about women's reproductive rights. Stupid people without an ounce of Intelligence when it comes to firearms, shouldn't be allowed to speak about them

  • Ivan D.
    07/19/2019 09:42

    Bonjour, Foreign Influencer‼️ Brut (média) Adresse Type de site média en ligne Langue français, anglais, espagnol Siège social Saint-Denis Drapeau de la France France Rédacteur en chef Laurent Lucas Directeur de la publication Guillaume Lacroix Lancement novembre 2016 modifier Consultez la documentation du modèle Brut est un média en ligne français fondé en novembre 2016 par Renaud Le Van Kim, Guillaume Lacroix[1] et Laurent Lucas[2]. Brut est essentiellement diffusé sur les réseaux sociaux[3],[4],[5],[6],[7] et uniquement sous format vidéo[4],[8],[9]. Ce média social informatif offre des clés de compréhension pour décrypter l'information en ligne.édia)

  • Ivan D.
    07/19/2019 09:45

    Interview Guillaume LACROIX (Co-fondateur & CEO BRUT) - HYPERSTORIES

  • Dennis S.
    07/19/2019 14:14

    Thank God for the NRA thank God For TRUMP. TRUMP 2020

  • Todd H.
    07/19/2019 17:06

    When the NRA gun ownership was not under attack so gun rights advocates were not needed. That started to change in the mid 1960s so the NRA stepped up to protect our rights. The NRA is America’s oldest Civil Rights organization, is a non profit that has over 5 million members. Besides many million more ordinary Americans appreciate what it does The NRA teaches not only gun and hunting safety but also promotes the shooting sports. It is of course the largest fighter for our rights enumerated under the 2nd amendment and no doubt with out them we would have had them drastically curtailed While they are not even in the top 50 lobbyists groups when it comes to money spent, the Sierra Club spends double on donations to politicians, they are effective because of all the Americans that agree with them and whom they represent. I’m a member and am proud of it.

  • Wendy H.
    07/19/2019 19:21

    Of course, they didn't realise Charlton Heston was to suffer from dementia. Who knows how long he had it, especially when he made these insane, inflammatory statements about owning guns.

  • William S.
    07/19/2019 19:50

    Plus the NRA is not funded by taxpayers dollars. Unlike plan parenthood.

  • Manny H.
    07/20/2019 17:12


  • Clifton P.
    07/20/2019 18:39

    N.R.A. is the most fluent defender of one of our constitutional rights.No other defends any other right like our 2nd..

  • Yoder D.
    07/20/2019 19:51

    Go Republicans Go NRA Go 2nd Amendment All gun laws are unconstitutional

  • Willard T.
    07/21/2019 01:38

    It supports our United States Constitution and our rites as United States citizens