Gardner, Buck Among Top Recipients of NRA Money

As the New York Times reports today, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) are among the top career recipients of campaign money — among current members of Congress — from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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  1. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    In addition to our own homegrown embarrassments, please review the list to note the breakdown of Republicans v. Democrats. While you can find a few Democrats with some net positive NRA money, and some Republicans that receive little to no NRA money, overall, the numbers skew overwhelmingly in one direction.  The Republican party is bought and paid for by the NRA, and that is not going to change anytime soon. If you want anything (and I mean anything – legislation, regulation, education, research, etc.) done about gun violence in this country, there is only one choice. Democrats should be unapologetic about this. 

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Cory Gardner responds: . . . 

    “I was recently talking to someone from Colorado who told me he’s been forced to use the majority of all his N.R.A. donations just to be able to afford the Congressional health insurance premiums.”

  3. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Cory Gardner will NOT have a town hall in Pueblo Friday.

    (He’s going to Puerto Rico instead, today Friday the 6th)

    It would be great if someone would ask him what the NRA got in exchange for spending 3.8 million dollars on his campaign. Or ask him if "Right to Life" includes the right to life of 7,000 kids killed or injured every year in America – in gun accidents and homicides.

    Perhaps these votes explain these ratings.

  4. DawnPatrol says:

    Gee, and add to that the endless, bottomless buckets o' bucks these two despicable, deplorable, profoundly corrupt and cowardly bastards take in from fascistic anti-democracy swine like ALEC and the Koch Bros, and it paints quite a picture.

    The GOP is the most corrupt, determinedly anti-American domestic enemy this nation has ever faced. It — and they, individually — must be treated accordingly.

  5. allyncooper says:

    The NRA has a political and legislative agenda just as other lobbyists in DC. I for one abhor the political process which is corrupted by the huge amounts of money spent, be it the NRA, the military- industrial complex, the pharmaceutical- medical complex, Wall Street (not one person on Wall Street went to jail for financial crimes which caused $11 trillion in damages to the economy in the mortgage meltdown – people who should have been prosecuted by Obama"s Department of Injustice). 

    We now hear cries that the NRA "has blood on its hands" and Oberman has declared the NRA is a terrorist organization.

    I do not belong to the NRA, never have and never will. Before Sandyhook I took a firearm safety class taught by an NRA instructor. In that class it was taught that firearms should always be secured beyond the reach of children or anyone else who should not have access to those firearms.

    The murderous punk who killed those innocent children had a history of mental problems, and yet he had access to weapons he clearly should not have had. His mother failed to secure those firearms as taught by the NRA, and the punk killed his mother and then went on to murder those precious young children.

    The fact is securing those firearms, as taught in NRA firearm safety courses, would have prevented Sandyhook. But all we heard was irrational hysteria for more gun control (when the gun control should have been securing those firearms), and that the NRA had blood on its hands. I for one would support a mandatory second degree murder charge for anyone who fails to properly secure a firearm and that unsecured firearm then results in a death.

    Demonizing and scapegoating anyone or any organization for these tragedies will not address the problem.



    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      Are you all aware that even a person with a severe mental illness will not fail a background check unless they've been involuntarily hospitalized for it? That's how so many people who should not have access to a firearm manage to get them.  

      I know this because my wife took the NRA pistol course for concealed carry and learned these things. I'd never allow one in the house because of her illness, but she took the class, at my suggestion, because just the thought of guns terrified her. She's no longer irrationally afraid of them, just as rationally concerned as anyone should be. BTW, she turned out to be a crack shot. She'd never make it as a marksman, but she was better than she thought she'd be. 

      • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

        Making it easier for adjudicated mentally ill people to buy guns is almost the only substantive legislation the Trump administration has passed. Per Maddow's reporting:


        My ex has been involuntarily hospitalized for mental illness, by the VA, multiple times; he can still buy guns.

        Our son, as his guardian, keeps the guns out of reach.

        Let's see if our gun industry-paid trolls come on here now for their off-target practice.

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