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“Like a deer in the headlights, frozen in real time and I’m losing my mind. It’s time to move on.”
Tom Petty

“Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.” #1 John McCain (R-AZ) has received $7,740,521 from the N.R.A.*

“My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.” #2 Richard Burr (R-NC) has received $6,986,620 from the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.).*

“Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.” #3 Roy Blount (R-MO) has received $4,551,146 from the N.R.A.*

“Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.” #4 Thom Tillis (R-NC) has received $4,418,012 from the N.R.A.*

“My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.” #5 Cory Gardner (R-CO) has received $3,879,064 from the N.R.A.*

“I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.” #6 Marco Rubio (R-FL) has received $3,303,355 from the N.R.A.*

“My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.” #7 Joni Ernst (R-IA) has received $3,124,273 from the N.R.A.*

“Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.” #8 Rob Portman (R-OH) has received $3,061,941 from the N.R.A.*

“We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.” #9 Todd Young (R-IN) has received $2,896,732 from the N.R.A.*

“Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.” #10 Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has received $2,861,047 from the N.R.A.*

*These top 10 Senate recipients of N.R.A. funding through their careers, which includes donations or spending to benefit the candidate, have consistently voted against “letting the attorney general deny firearms and explosives to any suspected terrorist”, “expanding background checks for anyone trying to purchase a firearm at a gun show or online”, and prohibiting “the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 157 of the most commonly-owned military-style assault weapons … and large-capacity magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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Center for Responsive Politics – Published October 4, 2017 New York Times. “Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A Funding” by David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad, and Stuart A. Thompson. Note: John McCain received the bulk of his donations as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. For all Congress members, total includes both direct campaign contributions as well as outside money spent on behalf of candidates from the N.R.A.’s Political Action Committees and directly from the N.R.A.’s 501(c)(4) social welfare arm, which does not have to disclose its donors to the public. Figures also subtract independent expenditures for and against opponents if the candidate did not compete in a general election. Dollar figures are career totals back to 1989. – June 20, 2016

Barbara Morrill – October 2, 2017 Daily Kos

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On average, there is more than one mass shooting for each day in America. During 336 days in 2015 there were 355. (A mass shooting being defined as 4+ victims, including shooter.) Source: Christopher Ingraham/Washington Post