In just the last month alone, one in every 20 political TV ads in Pennsylvania, a swing state Trump won by one percentage point, was funded by the NRA, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis. In all, the NRA aired over 10,000 pro-Trump or anti-Clinton ads between May and October.
The group nearly doubled its spending from the 2012 election, in which it spent about $12.5 million total in support of Mitt Romney. “In the face of threats against their constitutional freedoms, NRA members and Second Amendment supporters rallied to elect a pro-gun president,” NRA lobbyist Chris Cox said in a terrifying statement. Gun stocks dipped after the election because analysts believe Trump will protect their right to buy firearms, according to MarketWatch.