Donations to the National Rifle Association’s PAC, the Political Victory Fund, more than tripled in February from the previous month, in response to widespread calls in the media for more stringent gun control measures following the Feb. 14 massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The NRA was denigrated during the February 21 CNN town hall, politicians like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) were criticized for any affiliation with the organization, and celebrities responded to the February 14 Parkland school shooting by blaming the NRA.
The celebrities included Judd Apatow calling President Trump a “coward” for not cutting ties with the NRA, Mia Farrow tweeted names of Senators and House Members who received donations from the NRA, and Chelsea Handler tying Republicans and NRA together, accusing both of having “blood on [their] hands.”
Supporters of the NRA have responded to these attacks on the group and what they see as an assault on their Second Amendment rights by infusing more money into the Political Victory Fund, according to figures provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.
In the two-week period before the shooting, from Jan. 31 until Feb. 13, the NRA’s PAC raised $27,100 from 51 itemized contributions, or large contributions from individuals in the amount of $200 or more, while in the two-week period following the shooting these type of donations to the PAC jumped to $70,870 and came from 226 people.
Overall for February, the PAC raised $779,063, compared with $247,985 in January.