Republican lawmakers are widely influenced by the stratospheric amounts of money the NRA donates to Republican campaigns.
In the 2016 election alone, the organization spent a total of $419 million to elect Republican candidates. It was an increase of $100 million from the previous election cycle, leading many to believe the increase in funds were gained by insidious measures.
One 2018 poll showed 60% of Americans believe the NRA had too much influence on American politics.
Their bulwark against sensible gun control reform disturbs Americans everywhere.
when did the NRA get the right to influence the democratic process? and as a threat to democracy is it now time for this organisation to be dismantled and investigated
— freedom peace equality (@FInchains) February 7, 2019
The NRA have far too much political influence
— James Gallagher (@JamesGa29628061) February 6, 2019
However, not all hope is lost.
They said the NRA was too powerful. They said it had too much money, too much influence. They told us change wasn't possible. But we knew better. We knew Americans would stand with us and fight for a safer future. Tonight, we proved them wrong, and we beat the NRA—together.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) November 7, 2018
The 2018 midterms saw gun control groups outspend the NRA for the first time.