(Parkland, Fl) – Police in South Florida say they have a confession from the suspected gunman in Wednesday’s school shooting that left 17 people dead. After being read his rights, Nikolas Cruz admitted he brought the AR-15 rifle to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire on students in the hallways and multiple classrooms.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel explained that Cruz was able to get away from the scene by ditching his gun and blending in with students who fleeing. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of pre-meditated murder.
The main question however, is how did Cruz have access to guns anyway? We could start with Donald Trump rolling back an Obama era order that called for the prevention of mental impaired individuals being able to purchase guns.
During an anti-gun rally today in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez called out Donald Trump for that very action. She also stated that she had one question for Trump, How much money has he received from the NRA? She already knew the answer.
Metro UK breaks it down like this, During his campaign to become President in 2016, Trump benefited from $21 million in NRA donations backing his candidacy.A reported $9.6 million went towards pro-Trump adverts and promotional material and another $12 million went on adverts attacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Other sources put that figure even higher, closer to $30 million. In return, Trump has spoken at several NRA events and pledged his loyalty to the group.
A number of Politicians who are on the receiving end of donations from the NRA tweeted their condolences and prayers for the all involved in the Parkland shooting. But they were quickly called out.
Republican senator Marco Rubio has received $3,303,355 from the NRA as a politician.
Republican Senator for Iowa, Joni Ernst, asked her followers to join her in prayer. She has received $3,124,273 from the NRA over the course of her career. Kim Mathers responded to Ernst’s tweet saying: ‘You accepted $3.1 million from the NRA, a terrorist organisation. Where is your conscience?’
Portman received $64,877 in campaign donations from gun rights groups during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle and is solidly pro-gun. He’s received $3,061,941 from the NRA over the course of his career. Stacey responded to Portman’s tweet saying: ‘Your thoughts & prayers do nothing! Enact sensible gun laws! This is appalling and it’s on the heads of every politician who takes money from the NRA.’
Cory Gardner, Republican Colorado State Senator, has received $3,879,064 from the NRA as of October 2017. Kristi Ann tweeted: ‘Are you heartbroken enough to not take NRA contributions?’
Republican senator Bill Cassidy received $2,861,047 from the NRA but told his followers his heart goes out to victims and their families. ‘Save your prayers,’ Sharin Stone tweeted. ‘If you accept NRA donations, you are complicit.’ But those are only the senators tweeting in the aftermath of the Florida shooting. In October, the New York Times exposed the top 10 career recipients of NRA funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – alongside statements they made about the Las Vegas massacre.
John McCain led the list, having received $7,740,521 from the NRA. At the time he tweeted: ‘Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.’ While North Carolina senator Richard Burrn said: ‘My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. ‘This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.’ He received $6,986,620 from the NRA.
Gonzalez also called out anyone who noticed his behavior and instead of reporting it, recorded it. She said that anyone who knew this kid knew since Middle School that he has issues. She called for politicians to value the lives over gun victims versus a check. She called for Trump to stop talking and take action.
A march on Tallahassee grounds is being planned.