The National Rifle Association has grown by more than 100,000 members since Vice President Joe Biden’s gun violence task force was announced. The gun control debate continues to dominate headlines as fears of Second Amendment infringement are voiced by gun rights groups.
The NRA now boasts at least 4.2 million paid members, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. The gun control vs. gun rights debate may become the most polarizing issue of the decade. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Vice President Joe Biden noted that President Obama can issue an executive order on gun control measures. That announcement furthered fueled the fears of the NRA that a semi-automatic weapons ban could possibly be enacted without Congressional approval.
National Rifle Association membership is not the only gun related increase in recent weeks. Enrollment in concealed carry classes have also reportedly increased. Gun shelves at stores both large and small are now fairly bare.
The NRA has set a goal to garner 5 million members before the end of the gun control debate, Politico reports. An NRA official had this to say during an interview with Politico:
“We are willing to talk to policymakers about any reasonable proposals and plans. However, the NRA is hearing not just from Beltway elites and the chattering class, but real Americans all over the country that are hoping that the NRA is not going to compromise on any of the principles of the Second Amendment, nor are we going to support banning guns. But we’re willing to listen.”
During his Friday morning news segment, NBC Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough claimed that the NRA is lying to its members about Second Amendment fragility. It reportedly costs $25 to join the National Rifle Association.