Have your members of Congress accepted any money from the National Rifle Association (NRA)? Use this handy search engine to find out, and then call and yell at them if they did.
Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization devoted to ending gun violence, created a search engine that shows you how much money, if any, your sitting Congressional representatives have taken from the NRA.
Once you plug in your zip code (you might be prompted for a more complete address, depending), it will show your House Representative and your two Senators, how much the NRA has given them, and their Twitter handles and their Washington, D.C. office numbers.
It also serves up a calling script at the right of the page. It’s disappointingly one-size-fits-all (it isn’t tailored to offer thanks to those who took no money or offer fire and brimstone to those who did) but it does serve as a decent jumping-off point for shaping your own.
See the NRA money search engine here (if the link doesn’t work try searching on ‘Everytown for Gun Safety Follow the NRA Money’):
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A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.
The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.
That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.
So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.
We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.
We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.
OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.
We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.
If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.
Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.
#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.