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These 20 Elected Leaders Have Taken the Most Money From the NRA in Their Careers

In the wake of the senseless tragedy in Uvalde, Texas where two teachers and 19 students lost their lives, it’s a good time to take a look at the politicians who continually take money from the National Rifle Association (NRA). The special-interest money that is donated to senators’ campaigns is one of the main reasons why the United States can’t pass meaningful legislation for gun control reform.

It’s not about taking away the second amendment, it’s about updating its definition in 2022 to offer safety measures so the children in the U.S. don’t have to worry about active shooter drills as a part of their young lives. The names on the list offer up a few trends — they are all members of the Republican Party, and they are primarily white men over the age of 50. Only two women are in the Top 20 of career NRA donations from a list compiled by Brady United of the 116th Congress members, which ended on Jan. 3, 2021.

It might surprise you that Texas senator Ted Cruz is not on the Top 20 list — he ranks 26th. But that’s because guns and his home state go hand in hand. The NRA focuses more of its financial efforts on swing states where they think they can influence an election. The top spot also might shock you, but we’ll let you see the name for yourself. There are quite a few members of the Senate who have a lot of explaining to do. American children deserve the opportunity to not live in fear, but it’s the political system that keeps disappointing them over and over again.

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