200,000 Americans marched in Washington, DC, on Saturday to demand gun control.
But hundreds of thousands more made their support for the Second Amendment clear: by joining the National Rifle Association.
Since the Parkland, Florida, shooting on February 14, the NRA has been added approximately 500,000 members to its rolls—the pro-gun group’s biggest membership increase since the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, shooting.
With the cheapest membership in the NRA starting at $30, that means the NRA has taken in at least $15 million just from new members alone.
After the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the NRA has emerged as the largest boogeyman in the reenergized fight against the Second Amendment. Corporations like Hertz, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines ended discount programs to NRA members, and activists have used the NRA’s donations to smear politicians.
But it seems like the NRA might be the one having the last laugh—as it continues to make inroads among the American people.