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The Metro Gun Share Program

The Metro Gun Share Program
If you’ve ventured down to Daley Plaza in the last 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new addition to the Plaza,  a new art exhibit entitled the Metro Gun Share Program.  The design of the art piece will look extremely familiar to Chicagoans; it looks exactly like a Divvy bike share docking station.  However, you’ll... Read more »

Synthesizing My Feelings On The NRA

Synthesizing My Feelings On The NRA
In my line of work, gun violence prevention education and advocacy, I come across the NRA quite frequently in one way or another.  Whether they are calling me a “commie” and telling me how un-American I am (me…the 9-year Army veteran), or whether they’re extolling on the virtues of an armed citizenry…we come into contact.  As strange as it seems to me…I often find that the circles I run in, and the NRA, are enemies.  I find this strange because as “responsible gun owners”, they should want what I want; a reduction in death due to gun violence and a decrease of illegally owned guns. However, that’s not the case as I often find. The NRA, or National Rifle Association, describes itself as a civil liberties organization.  I simply refer to them as the corporate gun lobby…the lobbying arm of gun manufacturers; companies like Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Glock, etc.  The organization was started back in the Civil War, and was focused on increasing marksmanship.  You can actually view this short video that will give you a pretty good history of the NRA, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal...