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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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07/18/2019 10:20 AM

114 comments

  • Justin A.
    09/04/2020 07:10

    How many deaths are caused by the NRA? 0%

  • Michael K.
    09/03/2020 01:53

    Why no one has ever brought down the NRA, because Democrats like to hunt and fish too

  • Bob W.
    09/02/2020 21:37

    Never question the silent patriot

  • Dennis W.
    09/02/2020 19:03

    In 1775 I believe the roots of the NRA were seeded into American culture and politics. The USA was founded at the end of a gun barrel and it will take a gun barrel to keep Americans free from socialist, Russians,Chinese and ANTIFA. NRA will never fade away.

  • Jon F.
    09/02/2020 18:33

    Brut = leftist propaganda

  • Beth M.
    09/02/2020 05:00

    Can’t fall fast enough

  • Luis R.
    09/01/2020 21:16

    I SUPPORT THE NRA MY 2 AMENDMENT BUT TRUMP HAS TO GO(ASAP)

  • Bradley K.
    09/01/2020 17:41

    Gun sales are thru the roof!

  • Johnny B.
    09/01/2020 08:42

    The NRA has been a shooting group from the begining!

  • Bob L.
    08/24/2020 04:25

    Good ridance.....

  • Tim M.
    08/21/2020 22:24

    Same way Black Lives Matter did collecting money for political gain follow the money

  • Paula S.
    08/18/2020 22:05

    Nailed

  • Marv H.
    08/17/2020 21:17

    Ask how all the other countries did after they took their rights to protect themselves from tyranny. Ask Venezuela how that’s works

  • Doshi D.
    08/17/2020 20:54

    When? After thousands of Ameicans die!!

  • Edward B.
    08/15/2020 19:46

    They laundered Russian money through to Trump Campaign!!!NRA also pocketed a lot of the Rubles

  • David N.
    08/13/2020 14:48

    I’d rather be an AMERICAN than a Trump supporter! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • David N.
    08/13/2020 14:48

    Donald Trump will go down in history as the first American president to have willingly betrayed his own country in service to a foreign enemy. His acts of treason will be taught in history books for generations to come and the name “Trump” will become synonymous with treachery.

  • Tammy W.
    08/13/2020 01:29

    Frightening

  • Donald P.
    08/12/2020 16:53

    The old fashioned way, they turned into the mob!

  • Nigel C.
    08/12/2020 14:24

    Soon the FBI and DHS will investigate the NRA for possible links to various radicalized groups and international terrorist groups for fundings, aiding and abetting via supply and shipments of banned weapons and ammunition. How did the NRA ended up from a hunting organization to a lobbyist groups for funding political leaders to suit their agenda.

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