Guns, Government, and $Guap: To Know Why It’s So Hard To Pass...

Guns, Government, and $Guap: To Know Why It’s So Hard To Pass Tougher Gun Laws, You Have to Follow the Money

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In America, mass shootings have become an epidemic, and there appears to be no movement on how we should control guns getting into the hands of people who should not have them.  Some lawmakers and proponents of gun rights organizations have tried vigorously to convince the public that tougher gun laws mean the government is trying to infringe on an individual’s right to carry a fire-arm.  Those of us who understand the current plight of this country know that this is not the case.

So why are certain political representatives so adamant about keeping guns in the hands of whoever wants them?  Perhaps its because these politicians are able to carry on with their luxurious lifestyles by being supporters of filthy rich pro-gun organizations.  When you want to know why it seems to be so difficult to make common sense laws regarding gun rights, all one has to do is follow the cash.

Research organization called Center For Responsive Politics conducted some eye-opening research regarding who’s getting high dollar kickbacks from pro-gun groups in the U.S.  In 2016, over $5.9 million in contributions were donated to Grand Old Party’s campaigns compared to only $106,000 to democratic contributions.

    $5,900,000                 $106,000

 given to Republicans in 2016 election cycle            given to Democrats in 2016 election cycle 

Pro-gun groups love Republicans so much, that more than half of the members of the House of Representatives (235 out of 435) received money from the NRA and Gun Owners of America. Out of the 235 members of the House who received funds, only 9 were Democrats.


The Center For Responsive Politics gathered data for the last 30 years to examine what campaign contributions from pro-gun groups were allocated to Representatives while in office.  The amounts are significant.

Check out the details below.  Senator Paul Ryan, who has been in office over 18 years, has received the most money from pro-gun groups – over $300,000 during his career.  Also, the 2016 political cycle saw more campaign contributions from pro-gun organizations than they have seen in the last 30 years.  So, the next time you start wondering about why the government seems to be fighting against tougher gun legislation – just remember to follow the money.

Name Amount Party District Years in office
Paul Ryan $336,597 Republican Wisconsin, District 1 18
John Boehner $231,265 Republican Ohio, District 8 24
Don Young $195,272 Republican Alaska, At-Large District 44
John Thune $181,215 Republican South Dakota, At-large District 18
Pat Toomey $167,051 Republican Pennsylvania, District 15 12
Ken Calvert $144,466 Republican California, District 42 24
Roy Blunt $143,543 Republican Missouri, District 7 20
Denny Rehberg $138,959 Republican Montana, At-large District 12
Steve Pearce $129,250 Republican New Mexico, District 2 6
Saxby Chambliss $128,950 Republican Georgia, District 8 12
George Allen $127,556 Republican Virginia, District 7 8
Richard Burr $124,550 Republican North Carolina, District 5 22
Richard Pombo $122,694 Republican California, District 11 14
Pete Sessions $121,776 Republican Texas, District 32 14
Jim Inhofe $121,100 Republican Oklahoma, District 1 31
John Kline $119,887 Republican Minnesota, District 2 14
Rick Santorum $115,942 Republican Pennsylvania, District 18 16
John Doolittle $111,193 Republican California, District 4 16
Ed Royce $111,120 Republican California, District 39 24
Dean Heller $108,515 Republican District 2 4
Ron Paul $108,453 Republican Texas, 14 and 22 12
Michele Bachmann $108,218 Republican Minnesota, District 6 4
Rob Portman $107,727 Republican Ohio, District 2 20
Bob Goodlatte $104,900 Republican Virginia, District 6 24
Martha McSally $104,445 Republican Arizona, District 2 2
Mike Coffman $101,693 Republican Colorado, District 6 8
Bob Barr $101,473 Republican Georgia, District 7 8
Collin Peterson $98,500 Democrat Minnesota, District 7 26


Source: Politico

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