The National Rifle Association's paying member ranks have grown by 100,000 in the wake of the December Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the organization told Politico on Thursday.
In the days since the Dec. 14 massacre NRA's membership increased from 4.1 million to 4.2 million, according to the Politico report. New members must pay a $25 fee to join, and in return get access to NRA events and a free gift.
NRA was claiming an average of 8,000 new members a day, according to Fox News.
The NRA is also participating in President Barack Obama's initiative to prevent gun violence. On Thursday, NRA met with Vice President Joe Biden, leader of the White House task force, to discuss ways to address gun control; however, an email statement sent out the media shows the organization isn't too impressed with current progress.
"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.
We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works - and what does not."