- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 29, 2018

Donations to the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund more than tripled in February, the same month that the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, renewed the national gun-control debate and sparked fierce backlash against the gun-rights organization.

Reports from the Federal Election Commission showed that donations to the NRA’s Political Victory Fund tripled from $248,000 in January to more than $779,000 in February, CNN reported.

Further, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending, tracked itemized contributions before and after the Feb. 14 shooting and found that the NRA received twice as much money from nearly five times as many donors in the seven days after the shooting than it did in the seven days before.

“It’s unclear what caused the increase in February, whether it was NRA outreach or the president’s entertaining of new gun regulation,” the Center for Responsive Politics noted.

A group of Parkland students who have turned into prominent gun-control activists since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 of their classmates and teachers dead have routinely lambasted the NRA and blamed the shooting on the organization’s pro-gun efforts.

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