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22 May, 2024

How much is your life worth? Mapping gun lobby donations vs. number of shooting victims.

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Gun lobby donates to Republicans to cripple gun safety reforms

Gun violence surges. Republicans push to cripple ATF, the agency that monitors gun makers! What gives?

When in doubt, follow the money. How much does the gun lobby give Republicans to cripple gun safety reforms? Which Republicans get the most money? Who are the biggest gun makers profiting from gun violence? How many shooting victims are there in there state? What is the value of a life as compared to the money Republicans get? Do the math with this StoryMap designed with data from OpenSecrets and Gun Violence Archive. How much is your life worth to your MAGA rep?

Mapping the number of gun violence victims vs gun lobby donations in a sate
Follow the money and deaths

What's you life worth?

What if you knew that you could do something to save a life, but didn't do it because you were paid not to? That would give a measure of a life to you. How much would it take for you to let someone die for the sake of money?

"House Republicans are working on behalf of the gun lobby/industry to defund the ATF." - Po Murray, Newtown Action Alliance

We used data from the Gun Violence Archive from May 2021-2024 to find the number of gun violence victims per state. Data from Open Secrets provided details on the amount gun lobby gave to Republicans in that state. We mapped the amount of gun lobby donations to the number of gun violence victims in that state. That's how much MAGA Republicans in that state value your life. The map also includes details of you Congressperson, Senators, Governor and State Attorney General.

Mapping gun lobby donations to the number of gun violence victims in that state.

Gun makers: The Merchants Of Death

"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

Gun lobby donations to Republicans to block gun safety reforms

Republican 'Thoughts & Prayers' never saved a life

"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

TakeAway: Your life is worth more than gun lobby donations to Republicans. Vote for President Biden and Democrats for common sense gun safety reform. You life may just depend on your vote!

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NRA Gun lobby donations to Republicans blocks gun safety bills.
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