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7 Crazy Gun Laws That Put Our Lives at Risk
The National Rifle Association has been so effective at defeating just about every proposed gun control measure in the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and in state houses across the country for more than a decade, that it may be time to replace the term "lobbying" with a new one: "NRAing."
Unsatisfied with simply preventing what groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence describe as common-sense initiatives (e.g., renewing the long-expired assault weapons ban), today's NRA and its executive director, the unyielding Wayne LaPierre, have been working hard to enact pro-gun laws. For example, according to Mother Jones, LaPierre and company are bent on bringing the same law that protected the killer of a Florida teenager from going to prison to all 50 states.
In fact, during the past four decades, the NRA has fundamentally changed the very meaning of the term "gun laws." If you think "gun laws" refers to laws that limit the availability of guns, think again. The following list of absurd legislation (and proposed legislation) shows how some are fighting to extend the right to bear arms to even schools and workplaces.
As the U.S. Senate considers adding more gun-control measures in a vote Monday, consider this list of gun laws that may cost far more lives than they save.
THOM SENZEE is a contributor to The Advocate. Follom him on Twitter @tsenzee.