The National Rifle Association on Tuesday told U.S. News and World Report that the pro-gun lobby has added 250,000 new members in the month since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Surfacing the day before President Barack Obama is slated to unveil Vice President Joe Biden's gun control policy recommendations, the story in U.S. News followed a separate report in Politico last Thursday indicating that NRA membership had spiked by 100,000 since the Newtown shooting. According to the NRA, the organization had gained close to 200,000 new members when Politico ran its story and that the number has swollen exponentially over the past five days.
"I would say that every time President Obama opens his mouth and Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein opens her mouth and they talk about gun bans and restricting the rights of law abiding Americans, people pay attention to that and sign up," Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's public affairs director, told U.S. News.
The NRA now has more than 4.25 million members nationwide.