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February 15, 2018
Top 20 Senators in receipt of Gun Lobby Money. 

Top 20 Members

Candidate Amount
McCain, John (R-AZ) $618,113
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) $460,367
Ryan, Paul (R-WI) $342,564
Boehner, John (R-OH) $246,340
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) $244,019
Paul, Rand (R-KY) $231,587
Young, Don (R-AK) $197,272
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) $189,498
Thune, John (R-SD) $181,215
Cornyn, John (R-TX) $174,325
Toomey, Pat (R-PA) $167,051
Calvert, Ken (R-CA) $147,166
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $143,543
Rehberg, Denny (R-MT) $138,959
Pearce, Steve (R-NM) $129,250
Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) $128,950
Allen, George (R-VA) $127,556
Burr, Richard (R-NC) $124,550
McSally, Martha (R-AZ) $124,437
Sessions, Pete (R-TX) $122,776

The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more.

All donations took place during the -1-All election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, February 01, 2018.

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Feb 15, 2018
nbcnews.com
17 killed in mass shooting at high school in Parkland, Florida

At least 17 people were killed when a former student opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Fourteen others were wounded, five of whom suffering life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, hospital officials said.

Authorities said the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the crowd fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was arrested in nearby Coral Springs.

He was treated for “labored breathing” as a precaution but was released from the hospital, according to officials.

“You come to the conclusion this is just absolutely pure evil,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott, his hands clutched over his chest.

The moment Nikolas Cruz was captured after Parkland school shooting 0:31

Broward County schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Cruz had recently been expelled from Douglas for disciplinary reasons and was enrolled in another school in the district.

Cruz’s mother died in early November and he had been staying with a local family — whose son is a junior at Douglas, the family’s attorney told NBC Miami.

“He lived here without any concerns or issues for almost three months and they are shocked and horrified by the allegations being made,” Jim Lewis said, adding that his clients are fully cooperating with investigators.

The general store chain Dollar Tree confirmed that Cruz worked at its Parkland branch and said it was fully cooperating with investigators.

Videos capture terrifying scenes inside Florida school shooting 1:14

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz was believed to have been armed with a AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines. Israel said it was unclear whether he had any other weapons.

Israel told reporters Wednesday night that the son of one of his deputies was among the injured.

The gunfire began outside the school and continued inside, where 12 of the victims were killed, Israel said. All of those victims have been identified, he said, but no identities will be made public until the families of all of those affected have been notified.

Federal and local authorities told NBC News that there was no indication that the gunman had an accomplice or accomplices.

Related: Teachers describe confusion, then terror

Cruz was taken into custody off campus about an hour after he “committed this horrific, detestable act,” said Israel, who said investigators were reviewing social media postings that he described as “very disturbing.”

Brandon Minoff, a senior at the school who said he had two classes with Cruz two years ago, told NBC News that while it was “surreal” to hear Cruz named as the suspect, “I wasn’t surprised.”

“I got paired with him for a project, and he started talking to me about his life — how he was held back twice, expelled from two private schools. He likes to do reckless stuff,” Minoff said.

“He had aspirations to join the military,” Minoff said. “He enjoyed hunting.”

Image: Parkland, Florida, school shooting

Parents wait for news after reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday. Joel Auerbach / AP

Sebastian Toala, another senior, told NBC Miami: “I never really got close to him, because I always had a feeling there was something wrong.”

Parkland, in north Broward County, is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. The shooting on the sprawling campus happened despite the presence of police officers at the school.

Runcie, the school superintendent, said at last two police cars were typically on campus “on a daily basis.”

While students filed out of the school with their hands up, heavily armed SWAT team members conducted a class-by-class search to make sure there were “no other shooters” — and to retrieve any bodies, he said.

 

 What we know about the suspect in the Florida school shooting 1:27

Israel, who said his triplets once attended the school, urged worried parents to head to a nearby hotel to collect their children.

“This is a terrible day for Broward County, the state of Florida, the United States,” he said. “There really are no words.”

Photos: Florida school shooting leaves families distraught

The first sign that something awful was happening came around 2:30 p.m., not long before classes were supposed to have been dismissed, when authorities were called to respond to an active shooter.

For more than an hour, the school was at the mercy of a gunman on the loose.

“He was outside and inside the school,” Israel said.

Sheriff: Those in treatment for mental illnesses shouldn’t be able to buy guns 1:07

Just after 4 p.m., the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that the suspect had been apprehended. Not long after, stunned survivors began sharing their accounts of what happened.

Several students told NBC News that the school had gone through a fire drill earlier in the day. They said the fire alarm sounded again just before the shots were heard.

Relieved parents like Lisette Rozenblet, whose daughter attends the school, also said she was told that a fire alarm was pulled about the time the shots began. But her daughter’s teacher, sensing that it might be a trap, told the students to stay in the classroom, she said.

“Her biggest fear is a school shooting,” Rozenblet said of her daughter. “She is always begging me to be home-schooled because she was scared of this.”

Map locating Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

Joel Leffler, whose son and daughter attend the school, said both of his kids were safe — but in shock.

“My son called me as it was unfolding, running. He had to jump a fence,” Leffler said. “My son heard around eight gun shots as he was running out.”

When he reached his daughter by phone, she was whispering, he said.

“My daughter, who was there in the freshman hall where the shooting took place — she’s in shock right now, and she’s being taken out by SWAT,” Leffler said. “She saw multiple dead bodies.”

Related: Why so many people love the AR-15

President Donald Trump was briefed and was monitoring the situation, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.

Scott traveled to Broward County to be briefed by emergency management officials and law enforcement. The governor said he had been in touch with Trump and the Department of Homeland Security.

Scott didn’t address reporters’ questions Wednesday night about how the gunman was able to obtain a semiautomatic rifle.

The governor, a Republican whom the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund gave an “A+” rating, said: “There is a time to continue to have these conversations about how, through law enforcement, how through mental illness funding, to keep people safe, and we’ll continue to do that.”

“This is just, this is just pure evil,” he said.

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Feb 14, 2018
abc15.com
Mass shootings in the U.S.: When, where they have occurred in 2018

The number of mass shootings around the country in 2018 continues to climb.

According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 30 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of February 14, including Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida.

The number of mass shootings around the country in 2018 continues to climb.

According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 30 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of February 14, including Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida.

In 2017, the U.S. saw a total of 346 mass shootings. See statistics for other years here.

There doesn’t seem to be an official definition for a “mass shooting” in the United States, but according to the Gun Violence Archive, a mass shooting is described as four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same general time and location.

RELATED: School shootings in U.S.: When, where each shooting has occurred in 2018

The F.B.I. defines a “mass killing” as the killing of three or more people in a public place, but the federal agency also defines a “mass murderer” as someone who has killed four or more people in the same location.

The Gun Violence Archive lists itself as a not-for-profit organization that documents gun violence and gun crime nationally.    Source

 

Feb 14, 2018
Huffington Post
Kimmel Writer Calls Out GOP In Blistering Replies To ‘Prayers’ After Florida Shooting
Bess Kalb has names and dollar amounts for NRA-linked lawmakers.

Lawmakers sending “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are getting slammed for their financial ties to the gun lobby.

Bess Kalb, a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” is responding to each lawmaker tweeting condolences over the murders by listing how much they’ve taken from the National Rifle Association, which has consistently fought any move to tighten gun control laws.

Here are some of those tweets and Kalb’s replies:

Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes.

I am heartbroken for the students & family of those involved in this horrible tragedy & I’m praying for our first responders as they act swiftly to contain the situation. https://twitter.com/ap/status/963865321135378438 

Heartbreaking news out of Florida. Jane and I send our prayers to the school, the community, and the victims of this tragedy.

Praying for the students, teachers and first responders affected by the tragic shooting in Florida. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

Tragic news out of Florida. Please keep the victims, their families, first responders and the community in your thoughts and prayers.

I’m devastated to hear about the tragedy in Florida. Praying today for the students and all those impacted.

Please join me in praying for the students, faculty, and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as their loved ones. Let us also show our gratitude to the courageous first responders.

She also replied to Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel:

My heart breaks for all the families, teachers, and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Praying for all affected by the tragic shooting in Florida today.

Before she started replying to tweets she also shared a few other choice words about lawmakers collecting cash from the gun lobby:

God have mercy on your NRA-kept souls:

Richard Burr
$6,986,620

Roy Blunt
$4,551,146

Thom Tillis
$4,418,012

Cory Gardner
$3,879,064

Marco Rubio
$3,303,355

Joni Ernst
$3,124,273

Rob Portman
$3,061,941

Todd Young
$2,896,732

Bill Cassidy
$2,861,047https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html 

Opinion | The Congress Members Receiving the Most N.R.A. Funding

Thoughts and prayers and the N.R.A.: Here are the top career recipients of N.R.A. campaign money.

nytimes.com

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