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

The NRA ranks among the top political spenders in the nation.

Photo via (cc) Flickr user Pamela Franco

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims” has become the most overused political platitude of the last decade. Clearly, “thoughts and prayers” have done nothing to reduce the escalating number of mass shootings in the United States. The country’s complex problem of gun violence exists, in part, because very few politicians have the courage to take any action to curtail access to assault weapons.


For many on the political right and left, standing up to the National Rifle Association is political suicide. Plus, according to The Guardian, “The NRA ranks among the top political spenders in the nation, having spent more than $3 million on lobbying in 2014 and more than $28 million on ‘outside spending’—the kind of political spending that is not technically coordinated with candidates’ committees.”

Yesterday, Igor Volsky, director of video and contributing editor at ThinkProgress, came up with a brilliant way to call out lawmakers’ hypocrisy. He responded to their calls for “thoughts and prayers” by showing the amount of money they have received in NRA political donations.

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