Membership in the National Rifle Association has surged following the shootings in Newtown, Conn., because the Obama administration’s gun control efforts are “scaring people,” NRA President David Keene tells Newsmax.
The NRA has added more than 100,000 new members since the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. In just 18 days, membership went from 4.1 million to 4.2 million members.
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Asked about the increase, Keene says: “We’ve done a lot of analysis over the years and basically we represent in a formal sense about 10 percent of people who vote on the Second Amendment when there’s a real challenge. So 90 percent of them aren’t necessarily NRA members.
“What’s happening now is the administration’s proposals, the proposals in New York and the like, are scaring these folks and they’re joining the NRA because they know that the NRA is the one organization that they can count on to really fight these kinds of proposals in Congress and the state legislatures.
“So they’re coming to us and saying I want to be part of this. I know how important it is. And there are a lot of others out there who feel the same way.”
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