Beyond Impeachment: Congress and Corporations Must Take Action to Hold Insurrectionist lawmakers and the NRA Accountable

January 13, 2021

Nexus of hate: 135 of 147 lawmakers who voted to obstruct transition are supported by the NRA

WASHINGTON -- Guns Down America, a bolder, broader movement calling for dramatically fewer guns in America released the following statement ahead of the Democrats taking up the impeachment of Donald Trump in the U.S. House.

“Rather than express remorse or condolences for the officers killed, the NRA’s first reaction was to use more deeply irresponsible rhetoric about the Second Amendment that will only encourage more violence,” said Igor Volsky, Founder of Guns Down America. “Accountability goes beyond impeachment. Congress should investigate the NRA which supported so many lawmakers that obstructed a peaceful transition to a new administration.”

For decades, the NRA and its top leadership have encouraged insurrectionism, urging Americans to purchase large quantities of firearms and ammunition to protect their liberty and fight against a tyrannical government.

Once the House and Senate convened on January 6, many of the lawmakers beholden to the NRA acted as legislative insurrectionists. In fact, an analysis by Guns Down America finds that 135 of the 147 lawmakers who voted to overturn the election received NRA funding. The gun lobby made a total of $525,813 in political contributions to these members between 2018 and 2020.

Despite head-spinning evidence of illegality, graft, and corruption, the NRA continues to be a tax-exempt organization. As the new administration and Congressional lawmakers investigate the causes of the January 6th insurrection, they must closely examine the role of the NRA and its legislative supporters and hold the gun lobby accountable.

NRA leaders have repeatedly argued that Americans must purchase firearms to protect themselves from a “tyrannical government." Examples below.

The insurrection and violence in Congress comes against a backdrop of a significant spike in gun sales and the increasing use of firearms to intimidate Black Lives Matter protesters and democratically elected lawmakers throughout 2020.