aside Who Are The Republican US Congress Legislators Who Collect The Most Monies From The NRA?

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The republican legislators in the US Congress have been attempting to shut down the debate on gun control after the 10/1/17 Las Vegas mass shooting tragedy with the caveat, that this is not a time for politics as too many peoples are grieving.

Democrats are not buying this republican talking point which was probably suggested by the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.). This entity has a strangle hold on these republicans because it donates lots of monies to them.

This is the perfect time to try to pass sensible gun control laws which the vast majority of Americans want, but republican lawmakers have been reticent to do anything out of fear of backlash from their big donor, N.R.A.

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So far, the most that republicans in the US Congress have been willing to do, was for them to stand for a moment of silence in honor of those harmed in the Las Vegas shooting.

 On October 2nd, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said  “As after #Orlando, I will NOT be joining my colleagues in a moment of silence on the House Floor that just becomes an excuse for inaction,” Moulton tweeted Monday.

“Now is not a moment for silence; it’s a time for action.”

As after , I will NOT be joining my colleagues in a moment of silence on the House Floor that just becomes an excuse for inaction.

.@SpeakerRyan, how many Americans have to die before you do your job? Allow us to have a debate and a vote. You’re letting America down.

On October 4, 2017, David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A. Thompson of the New York Times penned the following report, Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding.”

“Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association.”

“Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among both current House and Senate members, along with their statements about the Las Vegas massacre. These representatives have a lot to say about it. All the while, they refuse to do anything to avoid the next massacre.”

Senate
1. John McCain
Ariz
“Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.”
$7,740,521
FROM THE N.R.A.
2. Richard Burr
N.C.
“My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.”
$6,986,620
FROM THE N.R.A.
3. Roy Blunt
Mo.
“Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.”
$4,551,146
FROM THE N.R.A.
4. Thom Tillis
N.C.
“Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.”
$4,418,012
FROM THE N.R.A.
5. Cory Gardner
Co.
“My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.”
$3,879,064
FROM THE N.R.A.
6. Marco Rubio
Fla.
“I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.”
$3,303,355
FROM THE N.R.A.
7. Joni Ernst
Iowa
“My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.”
$3,124,273
FROM THE N.R.A.
8. Rob Portman
Ohio
“Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.”
$3,061,941
FROM THE N.R.A.
9. Todd Young
Ind.
“We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.”
$2,896,732
FROM THE N.R.A.
10. Bill Cassidy
La.
“Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.”
$2,861,047
FROM THE N.R.A.
House
1. French Hill
Ark.
“Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.”
$1,089,477
FROM THE N.R.A.
2. Ken Buck
Co.
“I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community.”
$800,544
FROM THE N.R.A.
3. David Young
Iowa
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas.”
$707,662
FROM THE N.R.A.
4. Mike Simpson
Idaho
“Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy.”
$385,731
FROM THE N.R.A.
5. Greg Gianforte
Mont.
No statement released.
$344,630
FROM THE N.R.A.
6. Don Young
Alaska
“Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence.”
$245,720
FROM THE N.R.A.
7. Lloyd Smucker
Pa.
“Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders.”
$221,736
FROM THE N.R.A.
8. Bruce Poliquin
Maine
“My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you.”
$201,398
FROM THE N.R.A.
9. Pete Sessions
Tex.
“My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy.”
$158,111
FROM THE N.R.A.
10. Barbara Comstock
Va.
“I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.”
$137,232
FROM THE N.R.A.

“All of these representatives are Republican. The highest ranked Democrat in the House is Sanford Bishop, who ranks 41st in career donations from the N.R.A. Among the top 100 House recipients, 95 are Republican. In the Senate, the top two Democrats are Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who rank 52nd and 53rd — behind every Republican but Dan Sullivan of Alaska.”

9 comments

  1. Dear Gronda, thankyou as always for your outstanding journalism. I feel inappropriate to comment, but my heart wishes for the best of America to be strong, and able to withstand this (everything). Good thoughts for people of goodwill. HUGS mate…

    • Dear Gary J,

      It is good to hear from you. I appreciate your gracious words and good wishes for the USA. This past month has been a nightmare with the 3 hurricanes and now this Las Vegas mass shooting.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. If you can’t get it now Gronda take heart, when the Republicans are losing seat after seat at the next elections, Democrats will be in the ascendancy and the debate can be held then.
    Huge Hugs

  3. Dear Gronda, there should be new laws enacted to limit campaign contributions. Bribery and extortion of public officials is blatantly illegal, yet NRA and corporations routinely break the law with Congress’ blessings. Hmmm, why is that?

    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      These GOP big donors are able to funnel lots of monies to republicans via different ways, all of which are legal. The Supreme Court opened this door with its 2010 ruling on the “Citizens United v. FEC” case. The ruling struck down as unconstitutional a federal law prohibiting corporations and unions from making expenditures for election ads in connection with federal elections.

      The McCain-Feingold and Campaign-Finance Reform Act which was to curtail monies given to campaigns has been made obsolete after a decade of compliance because of the “United Citizens decision.. Under this older law, corporations and unions could not pay for campaign ads within 30 days of an election.

      As per a 1/21/10 Human Events blog, “In the dissenting opinion, Justice Paul Stevens wrote that the court made an error in treating corporate free speech the same as an individual speech free speech and that opening the door to unlimited cooperate spending increase the chances of corruption in the political system”.

      “The court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions around the nation,” Justice Paul Stevens wrote in the dissenting opinion. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor joined Stevens’ dissent.”

      My thoughts with regards to monies being given to campaigns, is that all monies and those giving monies and the recipients need to be made public.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. Two of the top four are mine from NC. No wonder they don’t listen to folks like me. Maybe we should put their faces on a wanted ad for abetting homicides and suicides.

    • Dear Keith,

      That wouldn’t be a bad idea. There needs to be a price paid for those not passing the most sensible of gun control measures that over 80% of Americans want, including NRA members.

      Hugs, Gronda

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