In further evidence that karma is a very real thing, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is reportedly so broke that it can no longer afford coffee for its employees.
According to The Trace, “The National Rifle Association is doing away with free coffee and water coolers for employees at its Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters — a cost-cutting move that has NRA insiders ‘freaking out.'”
The report quotes one source as saying, “The whole building was freaking out.”
It’s worth noting that a lack of free coffee and water in the office sends NRA types into a frenzy, but seeing constant bloodshed in American schools or churches or nightclubs doesn’t seem to register.
In any case, the NRA is no longer rolling around in money – and that’s something to celebrate.
More from The Trace report:
The coffee cutback is the just latest indication that the NRA is hurting for cash. Membership revenue declined by $35 million last year, and the NRA recently rolled out its second dues increase in as many years. In May, the gun group sued Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, claiming that his state’s zealous regulatory efforts against its Carry Guard insurance program had cost the NRA “tens of millions of dollars” in lost revenue, legal fees, and other damages. (A federal judge recently ruled that the suit can go forward.)
Perhaps the most vivid evidence of belt-tightening at the NRA was its drastically reduced spending on the 2018 midterm elections. The group shelled out just under $10 million on House and Senate candidates this cycle — less than half of what it spent on congressional races in 2014 and 2016.
The NRA is quickly losing its influence
The National Rifle Associate has long been one of America’s most influential lobbying organizations. For years, they have been instrumental in preventing the passage of any meaningful gun control legislation.
Luckily, that appears to be changing. Not only is the NRA bleeding cash, but the 2018 midterm elections showed that having the endorsement of the lobbying group isn’t a guaranteed political boost.
As the Parkland survivors pointed out in the wake of the midterms, more than two dozen NRA-backed candidates lost their races earlier this month.
That’s good news, because the less power and influence the NRA has, the more likely it is that Congress will finally work toward life-saving gun control legislation.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.