The politicization of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, which claimed 59 lives, is well underway while Democrats and gun reform advocates have called for new laws and denounced the National Rifle Association. For example, Democracy for America -- a left-wing advocacy group -- issued a fundraising message on Monday that sought to demonize the NRA and link the organization to the carnage in Las Vegas.
“The NRA is unrepentant,” wrote Democracy for America. “They and their allies in Congress don’t think there’s anything wrong with what happened in Las Vegas last night,” adding, “In fact, they are doubling down in support of laws that enable white men like Stephen Paddock to use guns to terrorize their families and communities.”
Now This -- a leftist media organization -- issued a video blasting the NRA and Republicans. It included the caption: “When it comes to gun reform, seems like Republican congresspeople care more about taking the NRA’s money than they do about saving lives.”
On Monday at Market Watch, columnist Brett Arends published an opinion piece titled, “After Las Vegas, time for normal gun owners to decide where their loyalties lie: with the NRA, or with the USA.”
The voluble Keith Olbermann, who does videos for GQ, responded to the shooting: “It is time to end the National Rifle Association.”
British commentator Piers Morgan said about the gun rights organization, “The NRA, a vile organization with a sinister, deadly grip on America’s lawmakers, bought Trump’s silence when they backed him during the election campaign.”
At MSNBC, a list was published of every member of Congress who has received donations from the NRA. Since 1998, the NRA has provided about $3.8 million to congressional campaigns. By comparison, Hungarian-American financier George Soros gave more than $25 million towards Democratic candidates in 2016 alone.
For her part, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” Monday night that Americans “want the United States Congress to finally take on the NRA.” Markey accused the Republican Party of being “in the vice-like grip of the NRA”
Another Democrat, Rep. Jim Hines of Connecticut released a statement, saying: “Until we face down the gun lobby and have the spine to take the steps necessary to protect our families, there is blood on our hands and this tragic, terrible story will play out again and again and again.” Another statement came from Our Revolution, which was formed from the presidential campaign of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, demanding that Congress “stand up” to the NRA and pass an assault weapons ban.
Vox, a left-oriented news site, issued an article on Monday titled: "White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners: Since Trump took office, more Americans have been killed by white American men with no connection to Islam than by Muslim terrorists or foreigners."