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Does Your Member of Congress Take NRA $$$?

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Ever since I found out (NYT) that Senator Todd Young (R-IN) has been paid $2,896,732 by the NRA, I have been writing him an email letter of protest. Here is today’s letter:

2/21 Letter to corrupt Senator Todd Young [R-IN]….Accepted $2,896,732 from the NRA

The NRA is working to give $$$ to gun manufacturers. They create ever more false reasons on why people should carry guns. Their method is to install fear in the population and to pay off corrupt politicians like Senator Todd Young. You accepted the bribe of $2,896,732 from the NRA. Hope the increased amounts of protests, especially by teenagers who worry about being killed, are going to have some effect on you. Doubt that they will.

Here are some facts about gun violence. Funding was taken away from the CDC by Congress, as persuaded by the NRA, to do any gun research. Guess their findings did not correlate with ‘more guns equals more safety”. The opposite is proven to be true…more guns equals more deaths since guns are so lethal. The NRA has worked to instill fear in Americans as the number of killings has increased, upping the number of guns in the population. It is a vicious circle of ‘more guns = more deaths creating more fear = more guns = more deaths = more fear’.

America has 4% of the world’s population but almost half of the civilian owned guns in the world. United Nations data shows that America far and away leads other developed countries when it comes to gun-related homicides. Reviews of research done by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Centers suggests the answer: The US is an outlier on gun violence because it has way more guns than other developed nations.

Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average in the US.

States with more guns have more gun deaths according to a study done in Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Within the United States, a wide array of empirical evidence indicates that more guns in a community leads to more homicide,” David Hemenway, the Harvard Injury Control Research Center’s director, wrote in Private Guns, Public Health. It’s not just the US: Developed countries with more guns also have more gun deaths.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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