Days after the deadly mass shootingRep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) posted a photo of his family on Twitter around a Christmas tree holding multiple large guns with a caption reading “Merry Christmas! p.s. Santa, please bring ammo.”
One of the topA group called the donated money to Massie’s 2020 reelection campaign. Gun Owners of America, a gun lobbying organization that bills itselfTo the right of the National Rifle Association. Massie received $5,000During the 2020 election cycle, from the group.
Gun Owners of America displaysA quote from an ex-Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on its website calling it “the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.” The group has longstandingties to Paul family. The group recently also gaveKyle Rittenhouse was given an AR-15 rifle as a gift. acquittedTwo people were shot to death in a Wisconsin protest in 2020.
One of the Gun Owners of America’s largest donations to a candidate in 2020 went to former Sen. David Perdue(R.Ga.), who received $15,000From the group, give him the $5,000 maximumDonate to his primary, general, and runoff elections. Perdue recentlyHe announced his intention to run for Georgia governor and challenge the incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp(R), who was endorsedby the NRA in his 2018 campaign for governorship.
The Kentucky congressman received backlashFor the photo, with one NBC News opinion piece referring to the post as being an example of “an egregious lack of compassion for the latest victims, families and communities.”
Massie appeared to respond to the backlash against the tweet with a tweetDec. 7.
“If only the leftists and RINO neocons could have mustered as much outrage over our failed policies in Afghanistan as they did my family Christmas picture, think of all the lost life that could have been avoided,” Massie tweeted.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo. posted a photo on Twitter in response to Massie’s controversial post on Dec. 7. Her photo showed her four sons surrounded by a Christmas tree with large guns. Boebert was also a possible past subject. triedOne of her guns was taken to the House floor by the congresswoman, where they are currently banned. This is just six days after the Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection. The Colorado congresswoman ran pro-gun and owns Shooters, a gun-themed restaurant.
Boebert reportedlyAfter a Colorado shooting, she used progun language in fundraising emails. She received an award in her 2020 campaign $5,000The Gun Owners of America as well as $1,000From the NRA. She is also one the most admired. prolificFundraisers in the House rank 13th among House Republican members seeking to reelect.
While Republican members of Congress continue to vie for the endorsements of the NRA, and other pro-gun rights organizations, the NRA is focusing on legal and financial matters. The organization is facingA lawsuit was filed by the New York attorney General to disband its lobbying operation, while the Washington, D.C. attorney General charged in a lawsuit that NRA had issued charitable funds.
The Supreme Court also heard a caseNRA could expand gun rights in November, according to the NRA. The NRA was founded earlier in the year. filedFor bankruptcy so that the group could reorganize in Texas attemptingAvoid facing the legal consequences in New York. A judge will however, dismissedThe case was thrown out and the NRA, despite having its headquarters in Virginia, is still in New York.