The NRA gave a $10,000 donation to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marksmanship team which trained the shooter how to use his weapon.
Before Nikolas Cruz killed 17 children and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; he was trained to shoot his weapon by money that came directly from the NRA.
In 2016, the NRA gave a $10,000 grant to the marksmanship team at MSD. Cruz was one of four students on the varsity team. The marksmanship team was part of the JROTC program at the school. And on the team, Cruz trained to shoot air rifles made for target shooting. His training was at indoor ranges using targets the size of coins.
“Cruz discussed his AR-15 with other team members and was given the nickname “Wolf.” Another member of the team described him as “a very good shot.””
And Marjory Stoneman Douglas was not the only school who received money from the NRA. In 2015, the NRA Foundation gave $2.2 million in grants to schools across the country to promote guns. That included elementary and middle schools. Most of the schools who received money from the NRA were public schools.
18 different schools in Florida got money from the NRA in 2016 – that’s more than any other state.
According to the NRA Foundation’s website, they are “investing in the next generation of America’s leaders” by designating “a significant majority” of the organization’s grants to “youth shooting sports.”
The NRA also has a “Friends of the NRA” program which targets kids. Friends of the NRA raises money for youth shooting sports as a way to recruit kids to become young activists fighting against gun control.