Activist Leader Shames GOP Leadership After Orlando Massacre By Exposing NRA Donations (TWEETS)

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The shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida is the worst mass shooting in American history with 50 dead and 53 others sent to the hospital. However, some people, such as Igor Volsky, have taken issue with Republican leaders’ declarations of sympathy, considering they often vote for looser gun laws and against LGBT equality.

Igor Volsky, the deputy director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, has released a series of tweets criticizing numerous members of the Republican Party for siding with gun rights over the right to life.

Volsky’s tweets point out the hypocrisy of the Republican leadership, who have consistently voted to protect and expand gun ownership laws while opposing any reasonable restrictions on access to firearms.

If the Republican leadership is truly concerned for the victims and their families, then they should take action to help prevent tragedies like this from occurring in the future. Congress needs to take action regarding this country’s gun laws because all countries have problems with terrorism, but no other industrialized nation has our problems with gun violence.

One of the most frustrating things about this issue is that it is the Republican Party who constantly talks about being tough on terrorism. One of Trump’s biggest campaign issues is that he doesn’t think President Obama is tough enough on terrorism. Despite these claims, many Republicans voted against making it harder for suspected terrorists to buy firearms.

During the Bush administration, the PATRIOT Act was pushed as an invaluable tool to keep America safe from terrorism despite the concerns raised by civil libertarians. If Republicans, and many Democrats, are willing to weaken the 4th amendment in order to stop terrorism, then why do they oppose much more reasonable restrictions on the 2nd? What makes the right to bear arms so much more important than other rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights?

As Volsky’s tweets show, at least part of the answer to that question lies in cold hard cash. The NRA has plenty of money to pass along to legislators in exchange for favorable legislation. The 2nd amendment might not be the most important amendment, but it certainly seems to be the most profitable.

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