Gun control groups take out powerful ad in the New York Times naming NRA-funded politicians

Students protest for gun control outside the White House on February 19, 2018.
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The New York Times has “all the news that’s fit to the print” — and all the ad spreads too. 

Gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense joined forces and purchased a two-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, listing the name of every politician in Congress who has received money from the NRA as well as their phone numbers. 

The ad, which details exactly how much each member of Congress received from the NRA, cost $230,000 to purchase. Approximately 100 politicians are named. 

“These members of Congress take NRA money, but refuse to take action to pass gun safety legislation,” the ad reads.

The opposite page includes a photo of Parkland school shooting survivors, as well as a quote from one of the young organizers: “We’re the children. You guys are the adults … get something done.”

Top recipients of NRA contributions include Senator John McCain (who received over $7.74 million), Senator Richard Burr (who collected $6.9 million), and Senator Roy Blunt (who took in $4.5 million). Farther down the list Senator Marco Rubio, who received $3.3 million in donations.

None of the senators have agreed to any kind of gun control, though Senator Marco Rubio did recently propose a “firearm task force,” whatever that means.

Rubio, who has an A+ rating from the NRA, says he understands that “people roll their eyes at a task force.” On this, he is correct.

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