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Twitter User Shames NRA-Bought Politicians Whose ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Are With the Victims

He’s also exposing their anti-LGBT hypocrisy

via Flickr user (cc) Tony Alter

Back in December, after the horrific ISIS-inspired shootings in San Bernardino, California that claimed 14 lives, Igor Volsky, Deputy Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund, brilliantly called out U.S. lawmakers’ hypocritical reactions on Twitter. Volsky retweeted politicians who shared their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims by displaying the amount of money they received from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Tragically, in the wake of the horrific Orlando, Florida nightclub shooting that killed 49 people on Sunday morning, Volsky had to do it again.


Volsky also called out hypocritical conservatives who sent out words of support for the LGBT community.

According to an article published in Fortune, during the 2014 election cycle, the NRA spent $984,152 on campaign contributions, over $3 million in lobbying efforts and $28,212,718 on outside political contributions. Last month, the NRA endorsed Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump for president. Today, in light of the horrific Orlando shootings, Trump said he will be working with the NRA “to discuss how to ensure Americans have the means to protect themselves in this age of terror.” With those two working together, the U.S. is going to need a lot more thoughts and prayers.

Follow Igor Volsky on Twitter @igorvolsky

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