NRA Gains 100,000 New Members Following Newtown Shooting

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre gestures as he speaks about the violent online video game “Kindergarten Killers” during a news conference in response to December’s Connecticut elementary school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. (AP)

The National Rifle Association has gained more than 100,000 new paid members in the wake of last month’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., the NRA told Politico.

The increase — raising the NRA’s ranks from 4.1 million to 4.2 million — came within the last 18 days amid the raging debate over gun control.

“Our goal is to get to 5 million before this debate is over,” an NRA official said.

Vice President Joe Biden is set to meet with NRA officials Thursday as part of his gun policy task force. On Wednesday, he said President Barack Obama could take “executive action” to crack down on guns.

The NRA told Politico the organization is “willing to talk to policymakers about any reasonable proposals and plans.”

“However, the NRA is hearing not just from Beltway elites and the chattering class, but real Americans all over the country that are hoping the NRA is not going to compromise on any of the principles of the Second Amendment, nor are we going to support banning guns. But we’re willing to listen,” the organization said.

A representative from the NRA did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze.