To understand politics in societies with capitalist economies, it is always convenient to follow the trail of money. More in the US. Beliefs about the right to self-defense and the historical roots of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are not the only explanation for the determination of Republicans, and indeed some Democrats, to refuse to control the sale of guns, rifles and shotguns.
The release of the economic contributions that US senators have received from the gun lobby to fund their election campaigns is causing many of them to suffer on social media.
The website of the Brady Association Against Violence published a list of lower house MPs who received the most money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) until 2019. Among them are many Republican parliamentarians who, on their Twitter accounts, expressed their pain and condolences to the families of the victims of the Texas massacre.
Countless netizens have used the anti-violence organization’s data to give devastating responses to messages of regret from these senators, mentioning the money they received from the NRA for their political advancement.
House Republican leader Mitch McConnell, for example, said he was “horrified and heartbroken by the news of the abhorrent violence against innocent schoolchildren in Uwald, Texas.” Well, aside from the insults for his insistence on relinquishing gun control, there were quite a few tweets that reminded him of the $1,267,139 fees he received from what is considered a major gun maker pressure group.
Producer of Amazon’s Yearly Departure and best-selling author of Nobody’s Telling You But Me, Bess Kalb used Brady’s data to answer prayers and expressions of solidarity from several senators. He did this by simply stating in his messages the amount allocated to each of them by the aforementioned pressure group.
Thus, next to a reproduction of McConnell’s prayers, the author wrote: “$1,267,139 from the NRA”; Alongside a tweet from his partner and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is “sad overwhelmed” for “killed children and lost lives” in Uvalda, Kalb wrote: “$13,647,676 from the NRA”; and Ted Cruz, who wrote that he and his wife, Heidi, “fervently offer prayers to children and families during the horrific Uvalda shooting”, wrote, “$311,151 from the gun lobby.”
Popular sports journalist Jemele Hill, a contributor to The Atlantic magazine and also very active in networks that denounce the gun business, used the screenshot to embarrass Romney. He added, “Losing doesn’t overwhelm your soul the way $13 million from the NRA overwhelms your bank account.”
Lutheran pastor and successful writer Nadia Boltz-Weber dedicated several messages to fellow Conservative Senator Marco Rubio after he tweeted that “the terrible tragedy in Texas should prompt Congress to act on proposals that can be approved and really make a difference.” . like our bipartisan Luke and Alex School Safety Act.
Boltz-Weber, among other things, responded to Rubio: “$3,303,355 from the NRA. 2,568 gun deaths in the state you work in (Florida).”
There are hundreds or thousands of tweets of all kinds and tones against politicians who refuse to control guns in the United States. The ones collected here are some of the softest.
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