In the days and weeks following the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the country has seen an awful lot of these kids attacking the NRA, the AR15 and gun ownership. During this time, the National Rifle Association saw a significant spike in donations.
In fact, reports from the Federal Election Commission show donations to the NRA's Political Victory Fund tripled from January to February. In January, the NRA collected almost $248,000 in individual contributions. In February, they collected more than $779,000.
Also, Smith & Wesson have reported a rise in sales of their Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle.
Seems as though, once Liberals began using kids to target gun ownership and the NRA, law abiding gun owners across America have spoken, yet again.Since the Parkland shooting happened in the middle of the month, one could argue the relationship between it and the spike in donations is hard to prove.
However, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending, tracked itemized contributions (donations of $200 or more by an individual) in the days before and after the shooting. According to their data, in the two weeks after the shooting, itemized contributions to the NRA doubled from the previous two weeks.
They also found the number of people contributing in the seven days after the shooting increased almost 500% from the week before.
The Center for Responsive Politics says it's unclear what caused the spike, whether it was NRA outreach or President Trump's comments after the shooting suggesting he might support tougher regulations on guns.