Gun control

NRA's midterm spending down 90% from 2014

Gun control march on Brooklyn Bridge
Youth Over Guns leads an anti-gun violence march in New York City. Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association has spent just $1.6 million on political activities and campaign contributions in 2018, compared to the $16 million it spent in the run-up to the midterm elections at this point in 2014, reports McClatchy.

Why it matters: The drop in political expenditures may be attributed to the NRA's declining popularity in the wake of surging gun control movements like March for Our Lives, organized by the survivors of the Parkland school shooting. The NRA is also under investigation by the FBI for possibly accepting money from Russia to bolster its support for President Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Poll: Minimum wage is a more important issue than gun control to Gen Z

A gun violence protest
A gun violence protest. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Raising the minimum wage rate from $15 holds more weight than stricter gun control laws with voters from Generation Z, according to new polling data from the Morning Consult.

Why it matters: Despite the impact of mass school shootings in America, the issue doesn't move voters from 18 to 21 years old as much as anticipated. Other issues like minimum wage, LGBT rights and taxing corporations hold more importance to them.