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Auction of gun that killed Trayvon Martin is the low point of NRA’s ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ culture

Just like this infamous gun, too many of our elected leaders are also on the auction block — available to the highest bidder regardless of concern for the constituents who elected them. Too often, they are sold to special interests because of the perceived power and influence of groups like the National Rifle Association. They become the mouth pieces for policies they do not understand the implications of — the proponents of laws that promote a culture of shoot first, ask questions later, a culture that upends traditional self-defense law and emboldens individuals to settle conflicts by reaching for their firearms, even when they can safely walk away from danger.

Mother of fatal shooting victim asks Oklahoma lawmakers to reject gun bill

She and other members of a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense came to the Capitol to register opposition to House Bill 3098, which would allow people to openly carry firearms without a license and without training. Current law requires a license, an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background check and training for those who wish to carry a gun in the open or concealed.

Missouri ‘stand your ground’ bill is dangerous

It is down to the wire — the Missouri Legislature only has a few more days in session this year — but there’s still time to stop the dangerous trajectory this bill is on. They must understand the repercussions of their actions. I want them to understand that the policies that they are pushing through with haste, particularly “stand your ground,” would be destructive to Missouri communities.

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