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Title: Thoughts & Prayers... and NRA Funding...
Source: NY Times
URL Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive ... yers-nra-funding-senators.html
Published: Oct 4, 2017
Author: DAVID LEONHARDT, IAN PRASAD PHILBRICK an
Post Date: 2018-02-15 09:47:14 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 328
Comments: 19

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.

Finally, why are our numbers different from those in Bret Stephens's column on the Second Amendment? Because ours include money the N.R.A. spends on behalf of candidates, in addition to money it gives directly to candidates.

Correction: Oct. 4, 2017

An earlier version of this graphic misidentified the home state of Representative Don Young. He is from Alaska, not Arkansas. It also included incorrect data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which they have since corrected. The total amount from the N.R.A. that benefited Senator Richard Burr was $6.99 million, not $5.90 million.

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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

Why don't you chit-chat about Stephanie Clifford or some other BS?

buckeroo  posted on  2018-02-15   11:32:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: buckeroo (#1)

Willie Green  posted on  2018-02-15   12:44:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Willie Green (#2)

The context of your own thread is inconsistent with your above posting. Yeah ... move on to Stephanie as a topic so as to gain some sort of rebound 'bout being an intellectual of American politics.

buckeroo  posted on  2018-02-15   12:53:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Willie Green (#0)

No photo of the murderer who was an ANTIFA SUPPORTER?? Yes, an ANTIFA SUPPORTER -- not going to be publicized by a Media Propagandists. Willie, you may as post a photo of yourself if you're serious about broad-brushing and indicting associates of The Crime.

Your sick philosophical Leftist, Mooslem and "RESISTANCE" hater-brethren commit all the murders and shoot all the children and Senators like Scalise and Giffords, but funny how you and the MSM's Fake News Whores and Democrat-Communist Part blame the NRA and Second Amendment.

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-15   13:27:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Willie Green (#0)

You Dem-Leftists don't "pray" for comfort of the victims' families because you're too busy celebrating and hi-fiving, and then BLAMING.

BLAME YOURSELVES, you disingenuous, poseur b*stards. YOU promote hate and justify events like this.

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-15   13:30:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Liberator (#5) (Edited)

You Dem-Leftists don't "pray" for comfort of the victims' families because you're too busy celebrating and hi-fiving, and then BLAMING.

BLAME YOURSELVES, you disingenuous, poseur b*stards. YOU promote hate and justify events like this.

Amen

Beneath the superficial affectation of wailing and gnashing of teeth, I sense a barely concealed celebration of the opportunity to advance a hostile and antagonistic political agenda that is the most important goal in their lives.

rlk  posted on  2018-02-15   18:17:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: rlk, tater, Rainbow Psychos, Willie Green, Liberator, *Bang List* (#6)

Willie & Gatlin's peeps, Pink Pussyhat Paddock Psychos.

hondo68  posted on  2018-02-15   18:41:36 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Liberator (#5)

Here's the problem. Our society has shifted from a faith and family foundation to a post modern secular society dominated by nihilism.

Guns in the hands of nihilistic hedonists is a powder keg.

redleghunter  posted on  2018-02-16   1:23:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Willie Green (#0)

If you want to point blame, blame your nihilistic Regressives who designed this insane culture.

redleghunter  posted on  2018-02-16   1:25:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Liberator (#4)

No photo of the murderer who was an ANTIFA SUPPORTER?? Yes, an ANTIFA SUPPORTER

No evidence of that.

His politics appear to be at the opposite end of the spectrum.

A member of a white nationalist militia who wore Donald Trump hats: What we know about Nikolas Cruz

...on Thursday the leader of a white nationalist militia said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that his group, the Republic of Florida, wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. He said his group holds “spontaneous random demonstrations” and tries not to participate in the modern world.

Jereb said he didn’t know Cruz personally and that “he acted on his own behalf of what he just did and he’s solely responsible for what he just did.”

He also said he had “trouble with a girl” and he believed the timing of the attack, carried out on Valentine’s Day, wasn’t a coincidence.

Classmates reported that Cruz was seen around the school in a Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hat. Instagram confirmed that a profile in which a man in a bandana is seen wearing such a hat belonged to Cruz, the Daily Beast reported.

***

Also, there is some evidence that he may not have acted alone.

Students Report Multiple Shooters & Mass Shooting Drill at Florida High School

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   6:06:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: rlk (#6)

Beneath the superficial affectation of wailing and gnashing of teeth, I sense a barely concealed celebration of the opportunity to advance a hostile and antagonistic political agenda that is the most important goal in their lives.

Yup. I agree wholeheartedly.

AS THE BODIES ARE STILL WARM...Then what too of the murders and warm bodies in Chicago and elsewhere?

The Left's phony compassion is clearly superficial baloney. We can see how they barely hide what can only be called "GLEE" as they become opportunistic political hyenas in EVERY single mass-shooting case like this.

Suddenly "NO GUN ZONES" and the Left's "YOU'RE-A-VICTIM!" indoctrination are the fault of the NRA? Of Republicans? Of Trump?

The fascist whiners whose goal is to confiscate law-abiding Americans' guns are fascist-sociopaths.

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-16   10:07:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: hondo68 (#7)

illie & Gatlin's peeps, Pink Pussyhat Paddock Psychos.

Yes, I'd say, same side.

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-16   10:08:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: redleghunter (#8)

Here's the problem. Our society has shifted from a faith and family foundation to a post modern secular society dominated by nihilism.

In a nutshell you're absolutely spot on.

This "post modern secular society dominated by nihilism" has indoctrinated the past couple of generations to self-loath, to blame others, to eschew personal responsibility, and most of all -- TO REJECT GOD and the "Golden Rule."

Guns in the hands of nihilistic hedonists is a powder keg.

Aka, narcissistic hypocritical humanist elites -- will NOT turn out well.

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-16   10:12:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Deckard (#10)

Yes, I stand corrected; The photo posted was NOT the Shooter. The photo was said to have been posted online by CBS Lara Logan. That was FAKE NEWS.

His politics appear to be at the opposite end of the spectrum.

A member of a white nationalist militia who wore Donald Trump hats: What we know about Nikolas Cruz

...on Thursday the leader of a white nationalist militia said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.

ALL FAKE NEWS -- the Trump hat, the "white national militia" membership, the claim BY the WNM.

We we DO know: The guy was an iconoclast/loner who routinely threatened students, was tossed out of schools, AND actually went online using HIS OWN NAME...delivered his intention publicly, AND was actually reported to the FBI MONTHS AGO.

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-16   10:19:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: redleghunter, Willie Green (#9)

If you want to point blame, blame your nihilistic Regressives who designed this insane culture.

I like the term, "Regressives." AND, "Insane Culture" does indeed indict the entire MSM-ACADEMIA-HOLLYWOOD-LEFT-DEMOCRAT PARTY.

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-16   10:21:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Liberator (#14)

..on Thursday the leader of a white nationalist militia said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.

ALL FAKE NEWS -- the Trump hat, the "white national militia" membership, the claim BY the WNM.

The Trump hat appears real - Snopes claimed it to be true (not that I put any stock into what they have to say.)

It's entirely possible that his page was manipulated in some way.

Still not even 100% sure he was the only shooter.

Students Report Multiple Shooters & Mass Shooting Drill at Florida High School

Active shooter drill in progress at the time?

Nah - nothing to see here.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   10:41:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Deckard (#16) (Edited)

The Trump hat appears real - Snopes claimed it to be true (not that I put any stock into what they have to say.)

For good reason; It IS a hoax. It begin in ENGLAND of all places. Snopes is a Bogus source.

It's entirely possible that his page was manipulated in some way.

Still not even 100% sure he was the only shooter.

Sure -- anything is "possible". But I've researched extensively into the shooter...

OTHER schoolmates are witness to his threats. One in NJ who attended the same school knew exactly who the perp was when he heard of the incident.

The Perp just happened to tap into some vlogger's site a few months back, stating what he was going to do. USING HIS OWN NAME. The Vlogger immediately reported the incident the perp to the Feebs...who sandbagged the case. They finally spoke to him AFTER the mass murder. (Look it up if you don't believe me.)

As to a conspiracy and other perps "helping," I'd never discount that, OR, that he may have been an MK asset (yes, as in the Vegas Case.)

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-16   10:53:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Liberator (#17)

The Perp just happened to tap into some vlogger's site a few months back, stating what he was going to do. USING HIS OWN NAME. The Vlogger immediately reported the incident the perp to the Feebs...who sandbagged the case. They finally spoke to him AFTER the mass murder. (Look it up if you don't believe me.)

Oh - I do believe you - Which leads me to surmise that he may have been groomed to perpetrate this shooting.

Yeah - I know. I'm just a crazy conspiracy kook.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   11:28:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Deckard (#18) (Edited)

CT kook!!

(yup, this may yet be another "grooming" exercize. Although, didn't THIS guy calmly walk to a Mickey D's and wait to be arrested? (Usually the assets are eliminated promptly.)

Liberator  posted on  2018-02-16   11:41:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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