In the past few weeks, the National Rifle Association has been under siege. The fallout from the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida has spurred new rallies for gun control. In some states, like Floridaand Vermont, new gun laws were passed. In Deerfield, Illinois, the Chicago suburb virtually passed a gun ban within the village limits; no so-called assault weapons (i.e. AR-15s and handguns that carry more than ten rounds) are permitted. They either have to be transferred out of the Deerfield, surrendered to authorities, or destroyed; non-compliance carries a $250-$1,000/day penalty. In Oregon, a ballot initiative would also force law-abiding gun owners to transfer their firearms out of the state, register them, surrender them to authorities, or destroy them.
In the wake of these attacks on our Second Amendment rights, the NRA is seeking 100,000 new members in 100 days to swell their ranks, which is already 5 million strong, to ensure the Bill of Rights is not shredded liberals or tossed into the cesspool of progressivism. That, my friends, is of course the repeal of the Second Amendment, which is an action item for the anti-gun Left, and confiscatory policies (via Free Beacon):
"The NRA's strength is in our dedicated and politically savvy members," Jason J. Brown, NRA media relations manager, told the Washington Free Beacon. "Over the next 100 days we hope to welcome 100,000 new freedom-loving Americans to our ranks. The threat to our Second Amendment has never been greater."
The NRA's membership drive comes shortly after gun-control activists held nationwide rallies last month demanding new gun bans and age restrictions on purchasing firearms. The organizers behind the March for Our Lives rally managed to raise over $3 million dollars, much of which was given to a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that plans to continue lobbying beyond the marches.
The NRA said new memberships in its own 501(c)(4) nonprofit are necessary to combat further restrictions on gun rights.
"The enemies of freedom are well-organized and well-funded, and it’s our responsibility to fight back," Brown said. "The Second Amendment needs you now more than ever. Please join the NRA Family today."
And this drive comes not a moment too soon; Boulder, Coloradois setting in motion a ban of so-called assault weapons of their own.