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  •  i've been across from that building many a time, (13+ / 0-)

    when it was still their headquarters. i always thought it amusing that, inscribed right over the front door, was the second part, of the second amendment. the first part, about the well regulated militia, having mysteriously disappeared. interesting also, it was right near the then soviet embassy, and the two looked strikingly alike, except for that second amendment thing.

    two comments:

    1. it's my guess (and only a guess), that the real "responsible gun owners" aren't the ones making all the noise about gun controls and possibly (hopefully) banning the sale/possession of military-style, semi-automatic assault weapons, to civilians. it is the nut jobs, for whom gun safety might, at best, be an afterthought.

    2. the NRA, like grover norquist's group, only has as much influence as it is allowed to have. in part, they pull this off by claiming a huge membership, and scaring easily scared politicians. they also spend lots of money lobbying, money from gun manufacturers, not members. their actual membership (that is, people who knowingly sign up) is probably 50% of what they claim. i was (briefly) a member, back when i was a kid, because i signed up for an NRA sponsored gun safety course, taught at quantico mcb. i received a free membership card, along with my certificate. i'm guessing i'm not unique.

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