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The NRA’s Blood Money And Those Who Take It (UPDATED)

Mass murder by gun gets obscured by all sorts of fuzzy talk about “national character” and “culture”. But, really, the bottom line is this: it’s the end result of the blood money handed out by the National Rifle Association. Until that stream of blood money stops, either by party decision or public outcry, the river of blood will flow through schools, malls, streets and homes all across the nation. The NRA. That is the source of this scourge.

According to Open Secrets, the authoritative source for political cash and corruption, here are the people who took the NRA’s blood money in the 2012 cycle (some of whom were defeated for election or re-election):

Fincher, Steve (R-TN) House $9,900
Renacci, Jim (R-OH) House $9,900
Mandel, Josh (R-OH) Senate $9,450
Berg, Rick (R-ND) House $7,450
Cantor, Eric (R-VA) House $7,450
Coffman, Mike (R-CO) House $7,450
Labrador, Raul (R-ID) House $7,100
Thompson, Tommy G (R-WI) Senate $7,000
Carter, John (R-TX) House $6,950
Heller, Dean (R-NV) Senate $6,950
Matheson, Jim (D-UT) House $6,950
Allen, George (R-VA) Senate $6,450
Gosar, Paul (R-AZ) House $5,950
King, Steven A (R-IA) House $5,950
Romney, Mitt (R) Pres $5,850
Barrasso, John A (R-WY) Senate $5,308
Dingell, John D (D-MI) House $5,000
Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT) Senate $5,000
Murphy, Tim (R-PA) House $5,000
Rogers, Hal (R-KY) House $5,000
Ross, Mike (D-AR) House $5,000
Runyan, Jon (R-NJ) House $5,000
Simpson, Mike (R-ID) House $5,000
Barrow, John (D-GA) House $4,950
Benishek, Dan (R-MI) House $4,950
Canseco, Francisco (R-TX) House $4,950
Corker, Bob (R-TN) Senate $4,950
Holden, Tim (D-PA) House $4,950
Mourdock, Richard E (R-IN) Senate $4,950
Rigell, Scott (R-VA) House $4,950
Sessions, Pete (R-TX) House $4,950
Shuler, Heath (D-NC) House $4,950
Stearns, Cliff (R-FL) House $4,950
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) Senate $4,950
Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN) House $4,500
Flores, Bill (R-TX) House $4,500
Manchin, Joe (D-WV) Senate $4,500
Smith, Lamar (R-TX) House $4,500
Terry, Lee (R-NE) House $4,500
Tipton, Scott (R-CO) House $4,500
Griffith, Morgan (R-VA) House $4,150
Amodei, Mark (R-NV) House $4,000
Bartlett, Roscoe G (R-MD) House $4,000
Bucshon, Larry (R-IN) House $4,000
Chandler, Ben (D-KY) House $4,000
Coble, Howard (R-NC) House $4,000
Griffin, Tim (R-AR) House $4,000
Johnson, Timothy (R-IL) House $4,000
Miller, Jeff (R-FL) House $4,000
Yoder, Kevin (R-KS) House $4,000
Bishop, Sanford D Jr (D-GA) House $3,650
Cole, Tom (R-OK) House $3,500
Critz, Mark (D-PA) House $3,500
Duffy, Sean P (R-WI) House $3,500
Granger, Kay (R-TX) House $3,500
Schilling, Bobby (R-IL) House $3,500
Upton, Fred (R-MI) House $3,500
Walorski, Jackie (R-IN) House $3,500
McCaul, Michael (R-TX) House $3,150
Nunnelee, Alan (R-MS) House $3,150
Bachus, Spencer (R-AL) House $3,000
Denham, Jeff (R-CA) House $3,000
Ellmers, Renee (R-NC) House $3,000
Fischer, Deb (R-NE) Senate $3,000
Gibbs, Bob (R-OH) House $3,000
Graves, Tom (R-GA) House $3,000
Harris, Andy (R-MD) House $3,000
Hensarling, Jeb (R-TX) House $3,000
Hochul, Kathleen (D-NY) House $3,000
Huizenga, Bill (R-MI) House $3,000
Hurt, Robert (R-VA) House $3,000
Johnson, Sam (R-TX) House $3,000
Kissell, Larry (D-NC) House $3,000
Latham, Tom (R-IA) House $3,000
LaTourette, Steve (R-OH) House $3,000
Michaud, Mike (D-ME) House $3,000
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) Senate $3,000
Perry, Scott (R-PA) House $3,000
Ribble, Reid (R-WI) House $3,000
Roskam, Peter (R-IL) House $3,000
Ryan, Tim (D-OH) House $3,000
Schrader, Kurt (D-OR) House $3,000
Sullivan, John (R-OK) House $3,000
Walden, Greg (R-OR) House $3,000
Quayle, Ben (R-AZ) House $2,600
Altmire, Jason (D-PA) House $2,500
Altschuler, Randy (R-NY) House $2,500
Baca, Joe (D-CA) House $2,500
Barr, Andy (R-KY) House $2,500
Bilbray, Brian P (R-CA) House $2,500
Boehner, John (R-OH) House $2,500
Buerkle, Ann Marie (R-NY) House $2,500
Cardoza, Dennis (D-CA) House $2,500
Franks, Trent (R-AZ) House $2,500
Gibson, Chris (R-NY) House $2,500
Guthrie, Brett (R-KY) House $2,500
Hayworth, Nan (R-NY) House $2,500
Heck, Joe (R-NV) House $2,500
Kelly, Jesse (R-AZ) House $2,500
Kingston, Jack (R-GA) House $2,500

Open Secrets explains:

The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun control, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, background checks for gun owners, and registration of firearms. 

NRA’s influence is felt not only through campaign contributions, but through millions of dollars in off-the-books spending on issue ads and the like. Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the NRA supported proposals to arm airline pilots with guns. Between 2001 and 2010, the NRA spent between $1.5 million and $2.7 million on federal-level lobbying efforts. During the 2010 election cycle, the NRA spent more than $7.2 million on independent expenditures at the federal level — messages that advocate for or against political candidates. These messages primarily supported Republican candidates or opposed Democratic candidates.

There is a simple equation for stopping the murder of innocent people. If NRA money is made radioactive — that is, if people announce today that they will run against any incumbent who takes a dime from these immoral scumbags — the flow of blood can stop. We could have real, meaningful gun control and end the taking of lives of little children, and adults, if the NRA was put out of business.

The big donors to the political parties — people like George Soros — can declare: no more money to the party, not a single dime, until there is a blanket commitment not to take NRA money.

UPDATE: Kristof is correct:

We even regulate toy guns, by requiring orange tips — but lawmakers don’t have the gumption to stand up to National Rifle Association extremists and regulate real guns as carefully as we do toys. What do we make of the contrast between heroic teachers who stand up to a gunman and craven, feckless politicians who won’t stand up to the N.R.A.?

UPDATED: And so is Blow:

And while gun control advocates grow more quiet, the gun lobby grows stronger and louder. According to a report issued Friday by the Center for Reponsive Politics’ Open Secrets.org, “For gun rights groups, 2012 was the most active election cycle since 2000. They contributed a total of $3 million to candidates, 96 percent of them Republicans.” By contrast, the group pointed out that “gun control groups contributed less in this election cycle than in any cycle as far back as OpenSecrets has data (1990).”

According to the Web site ThinkProgress, Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, wasted no time trying to pin Friday’s shooting on gun control advocates. ThinkProgress quoted a statement of his that read, in part: “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to ensure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones.”

Money is buying murder.

The NRA=murder in the streets. Pure and simple.

If you take money from the NRA, you are aiding and abetting violence against innocent people: children, women, men. So, you can sleep at night, Congressperson, you may want to divorce the NRA check from the corpse. But, you can’t. They are connected. Period.

It is simple.

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