03 Dec

Lawmakers Offer ‘Prayers’ For Mass Shooting Victims and Receive Large Checks From The NRA

Following Wednesday afternoon’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which left at least 14 people dead, numerous lawmakers tweeted their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the gruesome tragedy. But many of the same congresspeople who were quick to publicly register their feelings about the 352nd mass shooting this year, received thousands of dollars from the National Rifle Association and voted against sensible gun reforms like expanding background checks to more gun purchases.

This is Your Representative on Guns

By Michael Keller, Eliza Shapiro, Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson, Brian Abelson and Luke Kerr-Dineen.

UPDATE 4/18: This week, the Senate rejected legislation that would have tightened background checks on gun purchases.

Many saw the vote on background checks, a step supported by some 90 percent of Americans, as the only chance at real reform. How did the Senate vote go down, and will the House take up the cause? We’ve updated our tracker to include how the Senate voted.

What do your elected representatives think about guns-and how are they likely to vote on upcoming gun-control legislation?

To help clarify a complex state of play, The Daily Beast has created a tool that classifies every member of Congress according to their stance on gun control, based on our best assessment of publicly available information: statements, voting records, ratings from both the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and dollar contributions from the gun lobby.

Use this as a scorecard to follow as individual bills are debated, and as a quick way to make your voice heard. Have feedback? Heard from your rep lately? Send us an email at:

Sources:, NRA, The New York Times, Project Vote Smart, Sunlight Foundation, and The Daily Beast research.

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