The National Rifle Association claims its membership has soared by 250,000 members in the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut — according to U.S. News & World Report.
The stunning announcement came out just a day before President Barack Obama is set to unveil a series of executive measures to curb gun violence in America in wake of both the Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown shootings.
"I would say that every time President Obama opens his mouth and Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein opens her mouth and they talk about gun bans and restricting the rights of law abiding Americans, people pay attention to that and sign up," said Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's public affairs director.
Vice President Joe Biden met with the NRA last week, in what the association described as "a disappointing meeting."
"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," the NRA said in a statement. "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," the statement added.