SPOKANE, Wash. - Many have called on lawmakers, specifically Republicans, to impose stricter gun laws. But after multiple mass shootings in our country, there's still little action coming from Congress, and some are blaming the NRA.
A look at data from the Center of Responsive Politics shows the amount of money that elected officials have received from the NRA throughout their careers.
We found that Mike Simpson, the Republican in Idaho's Second Congressional District has received more than $385,000 in 18 years, while Raul Labrador, the Republican in Idaho's Second District, has received nearly $15,000 in his 6 years.
In Washington, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has benefited almost $27,000 from the NRA in her career. The NRA has given McMorris Rodgers an A rating since she was first elected, and there's a reason behind it.
McMorris Rodgers has been a strong supporter of gun rights. In 2005, she voted to protect gun and ammunition makers from any lawsuits stemming from harm caused by criminal, or unlawful misuse. In 2014, she voted to prohibit the District of Columbia from implementing certain firearms laws. And most recently, in 2017, McMorris Rodgers voted to allow veterans deemed mentally incompetent to buy firearms, unless they are found to be dangerous to themselves or others.
But McMorris Rodgers may be shifting her strong stance on gun control.
On Thursday, she said she is willing to consider legislation over concerns of bump stock modifications, an attachment which allows gun users to fire at near machine gun speed, telling ABC News: “We are talking to ATF [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives]. We are talking to others - what is this device, how exactly it works and if it has the effect of being a machine gun, whether or not that should be allowed or who should have access to these types of weapons."
Cathy McMorris Rodgers said her vote is dictated by the wishes of the people she represents, not campaign donations.
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