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The NRA’s 6 Favorite Congressmen

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The NRA’s 6 Favorite Congressmen

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When President Barack Obama vowed that he would push a strong response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders “regardless of the politics,” he left unsaid the name of gun control’s top political adversary: the National Rifle Association.

With over four million members and a war chest in the tens of millions, the NRA is one of the nation’s most influential — and feared — actors in American politics. Although the NRA’s Political Victory Fund actually performed dismally in the 2012 elections — with only 0.83 percent of the $11,159,493 it spent resulting in the NRA’s desired electoral outcome — the sheer amount of money that the NRA throws around makes it a serious political threat. Although the group has stayed largely silent in the aftermath of the shooting, it’s a safe bet that the NRA will soon lean on sympathetic politicians to stop the president and Congress from enacting any meaningful gun control measures.

With that in mind, here are the six current members of Congress who received the most money from the NRA during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics:

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Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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26 Comments

  1. Douglas James December 19, 2012

    Has an armed civilian ever stopped a mass gun murder in the U.S.?

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    1. Lynx December 19, 2012

      Scenario – Armed civilian with a nice .32 caliber snubnose tucked in his shorts and wearing a t-shirt that says “Shoot them all – Let God sort them out” VS a crazed shooter wearing body armor and carrying a .223 Bushmaster? You and I know Doug, who the first victim would be and it sure as Hell wouldn’t be the Crazy – Rambo Civilian would just be victim number One.

      1. Ed December 19, 2012

        Right On. Numerous cases proving that, even involving trained police officers.

      2. Ronster December 19, 2012

        I would take that option as to having no one around with out a weapon,,I am not saying the .223 is not a superior weapon ,but had 1 of the teachers been carring and qualified to use it in close shooting ,really who knows how children might had been saved

      3. SgtCedar December 19, 2012

        That’s like an argument I had with a right-winger who wanted a weapon to defend himself if someone tried to rob him at an ATM. Someone walks up behind you with a drawn pistol and you are going to draw, turn, and shoot him before he can shoot you. Ya, right.

        1. Warren Nicholson December 19, 2012

          I couldn’t have said it better. Look at all our well trained servicemen, who were combat vets, that have been killed in Afganastan by turncoats.

          1. SgtCedar December 20, 2012

            CBS tested the idea of arming school children. They trained students to shoot hand guns and put each one in a room and had an actor come in with a weapon. Everyone had real guns with paint balls.

            Not one child could draw their weapon to stop the simulated attack. Some of the children were already experienced using weapons.

            The idea some are pushing to give weapons to children is even crazier than giving automatic weapons to principals.

            I am a Vietnam vet. Look how many service members are killed in every war no matter how well armed they are. If weapons were the answer we would not have lost thousands of good people in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      4. Douglas James December 20, 2012

        Straight up. 25 Aug 2012. Nine civilians shot by cops shooting point blank at a murder. If the cops can’t hit a suspect in the heat of battle at close range I seriously doubt that Joe Sixpack with shotr barreled .32 cal in shorts is going to save the day.

    2. S-3 December 19, 2012

      Nope – and it never will, but it may come to a point of usefulness if we need to silence some corporatists and corrupt bureaucrats/politicians who advocate such manufactured evil!!

  2. Jim Lou December 19, 2012

    I guess that NRA = GOP

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  3. Ed December 19, 2012

    I see Cantor goes cheap.

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  4. Kenneth Heffley December 19, 2012

    Lets give these brave men rifles and send them to Afgan.

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    1. S-3 December 19, 2012

      …To die. And in their place, we place people in power dedicated to tearing down the 2nd Amendment and making guns illegal once and for all, just like the rest of the sane world laughing at us and giving us the middle finger as of late!

  5. royvhold December 19, 2012

    they need to change their name from NRA to NARAAWMA – National Assault Rifle And Angry White Man’s Assoc.

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  6. RR3 December 19, 2012

    always has been….GOPTEAPARTYNRA….

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  7. Franklin Frazier December 19, 2012

    Cantor not promoting the good of our country. He is egotistical and a tea party puppet. Therefore, it not surprising that he drinks from the NRA’s cup. He has lots of blood on his hands.

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  8. Franklin Frazier December 19, 2012

    Cantor in not interested in promoting the good of the country. He is a Tea Party puppet who drinks from the cups of the NRA and right wing super rich. An egotist who smiles while performing his evil deeds.

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  9. Earl Pearson December 19, 2012

    I have this image of a parent or teacher trying to pry a crayon from the “dead cold hands” of a dead 6 year old child.”

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  10. ralphkr December 19, 2012

    I am surprised at how little each Congressman got from the NRA. Those tiny contributions reminds of about 60 years ago when one of our Republican Senators started screaming about some company trying to buy his vote for $5,000. It was obvious that he felt that a Senator’s vote was worth a lot more than $5 grand.

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  11. Ronster December 19, 2012

    Former Marine how bout giving 1 of those Rifles

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  12. SgtCedar December 19, 2012

    Man, those congress critters were bought cheap!

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  13. Warren Nicholson December 19, 2012

    First, 4 million members is less then the numbers of votes that Obama had over mitt to win the election. So why does the NRA have so much power? It is the money they get from the gun manufactures, the koch bothers and 2% who fund ALEC.

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  14. joyscarbo December 20, 2012

    You mean these are the men OWNED BY the NRA…right?!

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  15. Newborn December 20, 2012

    This reminds me that woman who felt the imperious need to shoot when a boy cross her front yard . The boy was a Japanese foreign student who mistakenly was there looking for a friend’s house in a Halloween’s day. The woman shot because she had a gun. In other circumstances she would look more carefully and realize the boy was unarmed and rather cute. The Japanese family never understood this American behaviour. For them America was finished.

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  16. Hillbilly December 20, 2012

    Wonder why the largest amount given to any of these Congressmen was $9,900 dollars instead of an even $10,000.oo? It isn’t any surprise that they are all Republicans. They should be called the unholy six since they seem willing to put money ahead of children’s lives by working for the NRA laws.

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  17. Derek Courson February 3, 2013

    Its good to know who to vote for. I’d like to see what losers are supported by Brady Ban Guns so I can vote against them.

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