Thursday, November 29, 2018

The NRA lost about $57,000,000 in revenue last year—thoughts and prayers

DALLAS, TX - MAY 05:  A custom "Trump 45" handgun is displayed during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  The National Rifle Association's annual meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Might have to start pawning some of these gold Trump guns
A couple of weeks ago it was reported that the NRA was hurting so badly financially that its Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters had cut out free coffee and water for its employees. Of course, we all sent thoughts and prayers the organization’s way.

According to Politico, its revenue dropped by about $57 million this past year.1
The gun-rights group posted an even steeper drop in membership dues, which fell 22 percent, or $35 million, to a five-year low, according to documents the NRA filed with the Internal Revenue Service this month.
The NRA has a lot on its plate these days.2 The blue wave that hit the country earlier this month wiped away some of its most well-funded Republican lackeys.3 It is clearly being investigated (to what degree no one exactly knows) for possibly involvement in foreign money-laundering and possible treason.But don’t you worry, NRA official Andrew Arulanandam tells Politico:
“The NRA has approximately 5.5 million dues paying members today — the highest level ever in the history of our Association,” Arulanandam said in a written statement. “The historical fact is nobody has fought for and produced results in defending Second Amendment rights and American values like the NRA.”
The historical fact is? Sounds like Mr. Arulanandam is either copying and pasting a Donald Trump Jr. soliloquy, or he’s just as much of a dunderhead. Here’s another historical fact:
Gun control groups outspent the National Rifle Association in the midterm elections, pouring more than $11m into congressional races as NRA spending dropped dramatically.
The majority of Americans want common-sense gun-safety laws. The NRA is afraid that any and all laws will reveal their con game, by making people less afraid of their neighbors. 
1 Thoughts and prayers.
2 Prayers and thoughts.
3 We are thinking about praying for them.
4 We are praying about whether or not to think about them.

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