'$1.3 million Marsha': Twitter shoots down Tennessee's NRA-funded Blackburn's 'prayer' for Nashville victims

'$1.3 million Marsha': Twitter shoots down Tennessee's NRA-funded Blackburn's 'prayer' for Nashville victims
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Image via Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn said Wednesday she is "heartbroken" over the Nashville school shooting that resulted in the deaths of six people, although the lawmaker's campaign received $1.3 million from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

On Wednesday Blackburn tweeted, "My heart is broken over the unspeakable evil that occurred Monday at The Covenant School in Nashville, and my family and I are grieving along with those who lost loved ones. Now is a time for our community to come together in prayer and lift one another up."

Following the Monday shooting, the senator tweeted, "Chuck & I are heartbroken to hear about the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville. My office is in contact with federal, state, & local officials, & we stand ready to assist. Thank you to the first responders working on site. Please join us in prayer for those affected."

READ MORE: Tennessee governor slammed after 'praying' for Nashville community without mentioning mass shooting

According to Politico, California Governor Gavin Newsom responded to Blackburn's tweet, saying, "You received $1,306,130 in donations from the NRA. You voted against the most recent bipartisan gun package in June. If you're so 'ready to assist' -- start by doing your job and passing commonsense gun laws that will help prevent tragedies like the one today."

Politico also reports:

Blackburn voted against the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in June, stating that the gun control bill 'would erode Americans' constitutional right to bear arms.' The measure provides grants for states to implement so-called red flag laws, which allow for the temporary confiscation of firearms from individuals who are deemed threats to themselves or others, as well as other crisis intervention programs.

Twitter users found the NRA-funded senator's heartbreak hard to believe.

@majastein1: "This is going to be another wonderful photo op. so heartbroken so mournful so shocked full of patriotism full of Christian spirit sponsored by the @NRA $ 1.3 million Marsha?"

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Dana Goldberg: "Did you want to donate all the money you get from the NRA to support mental health reform and safer gun laws in your state? Or just sending thoughts and prayers instead of a check?"

Skinsurrection: "Okay, so sponsor some AR-15 legislation."

grandmabear44: "Not broken enough to refuse NRA blood money."

Timmy Hogan: "No, Marsha now is the time for gun reform. If you are really heartbroken, you’ll do the right thing. It’s so sad that we already know that you will not"

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Grace Lidia Suárez: "Another Republican calling for prayer instead of action. Like that's worked so well in the past."

Denise Keddy: "If your heart is broken then DO something to get the guns off the streets. Why do you love the #nra more than children"

Mic: "BREAKING: Republican attempts to share genuine feelings. Commits to doing absof**kinglutely nothing to ever solve problems."

@zach_fetzer: "The NRA has given Marsha Blackburn $1.3 million. She does not 'stand ready to assist,' she stands ready to make a profit off of this shooting."

K Clark: "Marsha, if you and Chuck are so ready to assist then donate the 1.3 million the NRA has given you to the victims' families."

READ MORE: Here’s how 5 House Republicans are responding to the TN school shooting that left 6 dead

Politico's full report is available at this link.

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