Tom Arnold: ‘I Think There Are 5 Black NRA Members,’ Not Millions

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Tom Arnold discusses 'The Hunt For The Trump Tapes' onstage during The 2018 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour on July 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for A+E Networks )
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On Monday, actor and comedian Tom Arnold proclaimed his belief that there are only five black members of the NRA, not millions as some claim.

Arnold tried to get NRA members worked up by suggesting they are viewed as “rubes who will believe anything.”

Arnold tweeted:

He was tweeting in response to someone who wrote: “So the NRA is racist now? I guess someone (not Tom Arnold) should tell the millions of black NRA members.” (The tweet was later deleted.)

How many black NRA members are there? It is difficult to say because the NRA approaches membership in a colorblind fashion by not asking questions about ethnicity on membership applications. But one thing is for sure, the rooms of the NRA Annual Meetings — the meetings at which the NRA draws 80,000 to 85,000 people each spring — are full of people of all skin colors and backgrounds.

There are approximately six million NRA members.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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