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In March 2018 the NRA issued a threatening video called ‘Time’s Up’, mocking the Time’s Up movement. In the video they threatened anyone who stood against their aims, calling them ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘unAmerican’. But the shocking truth is now out: when the NRA made that video, they had already been a Russian asset for years.
It’s hard to summarize all the recent bad news the NRA has happily experienced lately. There is infighting, resignations at top level, lawsuits, the end of NRA-TV. But a game-changing newly-released Senate Finance committee minority report concludes the NRA enabled Russian agents in undermining our democracy. The report also said NRA members tried to enrich their private interests contrary to its tax-exempt status. It is time to pull out all the stops and do everything we can to bring it down while it is in a very weakened condition.
Maybe you think your congresspeople already know how you feel about the NRA. If you take this action on social media, thousands will see you take a stand and see what is at stake. If you do it by phone call or email, then it will be on record. It is about making our opposition visible right now while the NRA is on the ropes.
We will take several actions in the next week against the NRA. This is Action 2 – we will tell our elected Congress representatives that if they are getting money from the NRA, they will not be getting a vote from us. (Tomorrow we will focus on Mitch McConnell).
Action 2: No NRA candidate gets our votes
The NRA spends tens of millions on politicians every year.
The amount of donations shown in this and other tables may look small, but the NRA spends on lobbying and ‘outside spending’ activities that together amount to millions.
In the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent a massive £50 million according to The Trace. While their spend has fallen, their influence remains huge. One Pulse for America is not a partisan group, but it must be said that in 2018 5 Democrats were given NRA donations as compared to 195 Republicans.
It’s time to make it absolutely clear to your congresspeople and those running for congress in 2020 that you will never vote for a pro-NRA candidate.
To repeat, this is only one of a number of anti-NRA actions we will take this week; the more who take these actions and share them on social media, the more effective they will be. This could definitely be the end for the NRA – if everyone keeps the pressure on. All the actions may be taken more than once.
Please contact your elected representative – find them and their contact details using the link below, and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:
I hold the NRA responsible for the country’s gun death epidemic; they are now also proven to be a Russian asset. To align with the NRA is to be a traitor as far as I am concerned. Their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is costing lives. If you are for the NRA, I am against you. Time’s Up for the NRA, and I promise I will never vote for a pro-NRA candidate.
I will fully support candidates in future elections who are anti-NRA, and I expect you to write back to me spelling out where you stand on the NRA and gun law reform. So we are clear, I am definitely voting in all future elections.
No other country in peacetime has a death toll from gun violence like America, and if you are not working to solve it, I will do my best to see you never hold office again. I will be waiting for your reply and watching what you do. I expect to see pressure put on Mitch McConnell who is sitting on bills which could help end senseless loss of lives.
Suggested Tweet: Proven beyond a doubt: the @NRA is a Russian Asset. I will never vote for a NRA-funded candidate. I want to hear back from you on what you’re doing to stop the US gun violence epidemic. Time’s Up for the NRA’s treason https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=6432520-The-NRA-Russia-How-a-Tax-Exempt-Organization
Find your congressperson here: https://www.conginst.org/contact-congress/
If you copy the GOP, even better – it’s their party taking NRA money and blocking gun law reform legislation:
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