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Republican Senator Who’s Received $1 Million From The NRA Runs Away From Questions About Texas Shooting

Republican Senator Who’s Received $1 Million From The NRA Runs Away From Questions About Texas Shooting

Ron Johnson walked into a locked door while attempting to dodge questions about background checks and gun reform.

A Republican Senator has been filmed desperately trying to run away as he was questioned about gun control. 

Senator Roy Johnson, who represents Wisconsin, was asked about background checks by a CNN following the tragic massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.

The reporter asked Senator Johnson: “In wake of the shooting, why not extend background checks, including on firearms and gun sales?”

Johnson proceeded to walk into a locked door and refused to make eye contact with the reporter, before walking down the hall to an unlocked door.

Clearly, it didn’t matter what room he went into as long as he could avoid the questions at Capitol Hill. 

According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Johnson has received $1,269,486 in donations from the National Rifle Association. 

No wonder he kept tight-lipped about rules that could affect the NRA.

Loads of Republican Senators receive ridiculous amounts from the NRA according to Brady, with Mitt Romney topping the list, receiving $13,647,676 from the gun-rights group.

Other significant donations have gone to the likes of Richard Burr ($6,987,380), Roy Blunts ($4,555,722), and Thom Tillis ($4,421,333).

While many Americans, regardless of political preference, have called for gun reform or at least tighter background checks, the NRA deflected blame for the incident at Robb Elementary School in Texas.

In a statement, they said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime.

"On behalf of our members, we salute the courage of school officials, first responders and others who offered their support and services.”

They added: “Although an investigation is underway and facts are still emerging, we recognise this was the act of a lone, deranged criminal.”

The 18-year-old gunman, Salvador Ramos, stormed Robb Elementary School, killing 21 people with an AR-15 assault rifle, after first shooting his grandmother.

Police reports show that Ramos had bought two AR-15 style assault rifles, just three days apart on May 17 and 20 May.

He also bought 375 rounds of ammunition on 18 May, all legally.

US President Joe Biden has called on Congress to act in the wake of yet another school shooting.

It's become the deadliest mass shooting at a school since 2012's Sandy Hook tragedy, where 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman.

Polls show there is huge support for Congress to at least introduce mandatory background checks for individuals who want to purchase and own weapons.

Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said: "Do you realise that 90 per cent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks? 90 per cent of us."

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Topics: US News, Politics, Republicans