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Writer Trolls GOP Senators With Their NRA Donation Amounts After They Tweet Condolences For Texas Shooting

Writer Trolls GOP Senators With Their NRA Donation Amounts After They Tweet Condolences For Texas Shooting
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In the wake of a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 21 people, most of them young children, writer Bess Kalb has taken Republican Senators to task for their inaction on gun control, pointing out the donation amounts they've received from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

A furious Kalb criticized those who care "more about the sanctity of guns than the sanctity of actual life."

She then used publicly available information from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control and against gun violence, to call out GOP Senators who have taken the most money from the NRA, yet posted condolences on Twitter to those who lost loved ones in the massacre.

Kalb used these condolence tweets to name and shame the Senators for being bought and paid for by the NRA, thus enabling the bloodshed we see on a weekly basis.

For example, Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney has accepted more than $13 million from the NRA.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has received more than $300,000 from the NRA.

Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst has received more than $3 million from the NRA.

And former Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue, who is currently in the midst of a gubernatorial campaign, has received more than $2 million.

These numbers angered others online who quickly piled on.

19 children and two adults died during the shooting, which took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas early yesterday morning. The mass shooting was the second deadliest school shooting after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

Authorities identified the shooter as an 18-year-old male who was a resident of Uvalde and a student at Uvalde High School. He purchased two semi-automatic rifles through a local gun store last week, just days after his birthday.

The shooting took place just a week after a mass shooting that occurred at a Buffalo, New York supermarket. 10 people died during that attack and three others were injured. Most of the victims were Black.

The shooter subscribed to the "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory often touted by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, which states White European populations and their descendants are being demographically and culturally replaced with non-European peoples.