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Mike Pence waves after speaking at the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention

Mike Pence waves after speaking at the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention

Claiming a grassroots membership of 5 million, the NRA is a powerful and politically active lobby, which is responsible for most of the contributions received by lawmakers from gun lobbyists, most of whom are Republican. NRA membership, for example, is not an indicator of ill intent. "I have an "F" from the NRA. having said that, I am a supporter of the Second Amendment".

Bernie Sanders, now one of the most prominent and influential congressmen in the country, is the one politician who can be relied on to point out the wealthy few have such great power over the rest of us - the Vermont senator can often be heard calling the American government an oligarchy, steered by a wealthy few rather than the masses.

We can tell you that the Second Amendment refers to "a well-regulated militia".

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"The shooter was known to local Parkland law enforcement, which responded to calls at his house more than [30] times", they wrote. Others fall more in the middle acknowledging our constitutional right to bear arms but support stricter background checks. If someone is on the federal no-fly list they should be prohibited from purchasing a gun. Reasonable people accept the reality that there is no magic wand we can wave to prevent every gun death. In which case, what are we paying you for? Our founding fathers knew all too well how easy it is for a government to suppress its people.

I am in no way suggesting that our government is now in a state of tyranny. "So, I'm actually researching something right now that would be similar to like a restraining order, where you could, in extremis, in a family member or someone close, present evidence to a judge and say 'Hey, listen". The problem is how quickly this can change. And one of his first acts as president was to cancel a modest attempt to keep guns from the mentally unstable: a rule instituted under President Barack Obama that denied gun ownership to beneficiaries of Social Security who could not manage their own money due to mental incapacity. None, zero, zilch! Wouldn't that be wonderful here in the U.S. Australians still own just over 30 guns per 100 people, so they are hardly disarmed. Most of the people killed at Parkland, Sandy Hook, Pulse, and Las Vegas were children and young people. "As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure nearly any curtailment of liberty and nearly any deprivation". How many more children have to die to move you to action? What bothers me is the next sentence.

An unarmed nation is in danger of suppression.

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Adolph Hitler's second policy under The Third Reich was to eliminate the Jewish population from Germany and then from the entire world during WWII. Others were reluctant, fearing a backlash from those who would misconstrue our support of sensible gun regulation as an attack on the Second Amendment.

We are the fabric of our community: mothers, grandmothers, teachers, health care workers, journalists, lawyers, business women.

"There is so much evidence now that young people make bad decisions", Beyer explained. We need better leaders in education and representatives that listen to those most impacted. Even the right to free speech does not allow anyone to shout fire in a crowded theater, or to urge the assassination of a political figure. One way to do that is to support the National Rifle Association. Rather, they are in the grip of the Constitution. This is because the American gun lobby known as the National Rifle Association has given 10s of millions of dollars in funding to American politicians with the intention of dissuading them from voting for any and all restrictions to US firearm sales.

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