Someone Twitter-shamed Texas lawmakers who both received NRA donations, commented on Orlando shooting

When news broke Sunday of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla., nightclub Pulse, the Twittersphere filled up with people’s reactions, condolences and prayers. But Igor Volsky — of left-leaning public policy organization Center for American Progress — took a different route.

Family members wait for word from police after arriving down the street from a shooting involving multiple fatalities at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Family members wait for word from police after arriving down the street from a shooting involving multiple fatalities at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

He began finding U.S. politicians who had posted tweets about the shooting, expressing concern over those affected. Volsky then looked up how much money each lawmaker had received in donations from the National Rifle Association over the years and posted the information on Twitter.

Covering politicians from across the U.S., he tweeted at a number of Texas politicians like Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

This isn’t the first time Volsky has targeted lawmakers on Twitter, though. After last year’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Volsky publicized the names of NRA donation recipients for the first time. He told the Observer that he gets his information from OpenSecrets, a campaign contribution data site and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

“I’m sick and tired of lawmakers who oppose gun safety measures getting away with sympathy tweets—which they send after every publicized mass shooting—and pretending that ‘thinking’ and ‘praying’ on these problems will actually solve them,” Volsky said in an email to the Observer.

Below are more of Volsky’s tweets about Texas lawmakers.

 

 

Author: Staff Writer

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