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This weekend marks one year since the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the rally, the dangers of our nation’s lax gun laws – specifically open carry – were on full display. We saw how the most hateful among us can take advantage of weak gun laws to intimidate and silence free speech and marginalized communities. Open carry laws, combined with racism and anti-Semitism, are a toxic and terrifying mix.
In the weeks after the rally, the NRA stood nearly alone in latching onto President Donald Trump’s insistence that there was equivalency between the neo-Nazis and those protesting against them in Charlottesville:
If you’d like to learn more about the NRA’s increasingly violent rhetoric or tacit support for militia groups and white nationalists, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs