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If you are a member of Congress and you are asked to vote for reasonable gun control laws when you have received money from the NRA and other organizations who espouse more rather than fewer guns, do you vote for reasonable gun control laws? I think not.

With Google, one can enter “Wisconsin politicians who accept money from the NRA” and get answers. I was first directed to a Feb. 15 Washington Post article, "Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA?" In Wisconsin, Paul Ryan has received a total of $49,650, Ron Johnson $17,257, and F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. $20,200. Four other congressman were also listed. Of the seven, six were republicans.

Then there was the Center for Responsive Politics' Open Secrets website ( Here are 2016 contributions: Paul Ryan (R-WI) House $5,950; Mike Gallagher (R-WI) House $4,950; Ron Johnson (R-WI) Senate $7,450; Sean P. Duffy (R-WI) House $2,000; Glenn S. Grothman (R-WI) House $2,000; and F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI) House $1,000.

The total NRA contributions for both House and Senate were $10,550 for Democrats and $708,850 for Republicans. I just read from several sources that the NRA spent $31 million to get Trump elected.

My own opinion of all of this agrees with the students who survived the Florida school massacre and proclaimed that those who accept money from the NRA are wearing a badge of shame and can look forward to early retirement.

John Rogers



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