Mass shootings surge. Republicans block assault weapon ban. Why?
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Who are the biggest recipients of donations from the gun lobby? Who are the largest donors to the gun lobby donations? How do these donors make money? How can you call your senator?
Follow the gun lobby donations to Republicans blocking gun safety reforms
Shootings revive push for assault weapons ban
The 1994 ban blocked the sale of 19 specific weapons that have the features of guns used by the military. It expired in 2004 and any new proposals are unlikely to pass a divided Senate. The 1994 ban, which passed as part of a broader crime bill championed by Mr. Biden, then a senator, blocked the sale of 19 specific weapons that have the features of guns used by the military, including semiautomatic rifles and certain types of shotguns and handguns. It also outlawed magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. People who already had such weapons were allowed to keep them. - NY Times
Follow the money
This infographic was created using the free Kumu app and public data from Open Secrets. It includes details on the top Republican Senators and Congressional reps who got money from the Gun Lobby, and the largest groups donating to the gun lobby.
An upward trend in the number of mass shootings has fueled a contentious debate about gun rights. And while liberals throw cash behind pro-gun control efforts through super PACs like Giffords PAC (formed by gun violence victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords) and nonprofits like Everytown For Gun Safety, groups like the National Rifle Association are still powerful in Washington. The NRA has been a strong voice for the rights of gun owners across the country, battling attempts to enact gun control legislation at every level of government. Aside from the NRA, other major gun rights advocacy groups include the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Association for Gun Rights. - Open Secrets
FOX News missing in action (MIA)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) pulled no punches on Monday with his blistering critique of Fox News, which he accused of “not doing a damn thing about gun safety, not a damn thing for decades” while visiting victims of a weekend mass shooting at a Monterey Park ballroom dance hall in which 11 people were killed.
“It’s a disgrace what they say, what these people say every single night,” Newsom told reporters about prime-time personalities on the conservative Rupert Murdoch-owned channel. “There’s xenophobia, they’re racial priming, what they have done to perpetuate crime and violence in this country, by scapegoating, and by doing not a damn thing about gun safety, not a damn thing for decades." - HuffPost
TakeAway: Follow the money to see how the gun lobby is preventing common sense gun safety reforms - and then call your Senator.
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