Update: Confirmed, Congress is Owned By The NRA


Last week, I reported on how a poll had found that the vast majority of Americans supported some restrictions on gun ownership.

I also reported on how the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence would be lobbying Congress — here’s what they asked Congress members to support:

I believe that these people should not be able to buy, own or carry a gun anywhere in our nation:

  • Convicted felons
  • Convicted domestic abusers
  • Terrorists
  • People found to be dangerously mentally ill.

Colin Goddard, who survived being shot four times in the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech and now works for the Brady Campaign, told MSNBC that every Congressperson they spoke to told them they supported the pledge — but none, not one, no Democrat, no Republican, would actually sign it.

The total ownership of Congress by the National Rifle Association and their refusal to countenance even restricting gun ownership to those on the terrorist watch list could not be clearer.

Alongside Goddard were other victims lobbying Congress, include Tom Mauser, who lost his 15-year-old son Daniel at the Columbine Massacre 13 years ago April 20, Carolyn Tuft, a mother of two, who survived being shot five times and lost her daughter, Kirsten Hinckley, at a mass shooting in the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sherialyn Byrdsong, who lost her husband in a neo-Nazi shooting spree outside Chicago on July 2, 1999, Vidal Colon, a Milwaukee police officer who was shot three years ago April 11, and was awarded a Medal of Valor for his heroism, and Nardyne Jefferies, whose 16-year-old daughter Brishell Jones was killed two years ago in the South Capitol Street shooting in Washington, D.C.

All of them were ignored.

Watch trailer for the documentary ‘Living for 32‘ on Colin Goddard’s journey from being a victim of gun violence at Virginia Tech to being an advocate for gun control:

Watch Goddard’s interview with Lawrence O’Donnell.


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Americans Back Gun Restrictions, Says New Poll

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Terry V.
Terry V.4 years ago

Our political system has not worked for "we the people" in a LONG time

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies4 years ago


Martin Koolstra
Martin Koolstra4 years ago

Either a great deal of Americans have different set of genes than the rest of the Western World or there is something in their water to make them feel safe by owning guns, even assault rifles. Only in the USA are you permitted to own these weapons and then the citizens of the "good old US of A" are wondering why there are so many people killed by guns. I think they must consume something that makes them have irrational thoughts. For the lone exception of that Norwegian psychopath, there have been NO shootings like there have been in the US in all the European nations combined. I just want the Americans to reflect upon this.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold4 years ago

As I have said before the problems with the guns arises from the power of the NRA and the weakness of the Government. Maybe if they stood up to them like men/women and mouses, they would learn that they, the NRA, are not omnipotent. But the way things are going, we might as well all go out and buy guns. The NRA will love us.

Eugene P.
Eugene Pack4 years ago

Amen James, seems people don't really knowwhat laws are on the books already. Its easier to blame the NRA and all other gun owners for the failures of a few to respect others rights.