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I hunt.  Much of the meat that my family eats during the year comes from local wild game and I derive great satisfaction from the experience of hunting and the ability to feed my family locally sourced, organic, environmentally friendly game that I procure, butcher, and prepare myself.  In addition, my son and I enjoy shooting clay pigeons at our local shooting range.  My friends and co-workers are mostly hunters as well and in my community, wild game is little more remarkable than food from the grocery or the local farmer's market.  I have had extensive formal training in gun safety and rifle marksmanship.  My guns are locked in a safe when not in use.  I should be the archetype of an NRA supporter.  But...
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I am a dad.  I am the husband of an elementary school teacher who works too hard and commits too fully to her students (it's a trait that good teachers share).  And I am saddened to my core by the shootings in Connecticut.  I cannot even imagine the pain that those poor families are feeling and I will pray for peace for them tonight.

I have never joined the NRA.  I have been invited many times but I was initially turned off by their absolutist position on gun regulation and I was later repelled by their politics and by the way that they try to conflate the good that is accomplished for conservation by hunting with their interpretation of the 2nd amendment.  I hope today is the beginning of the end for their influence in our country.

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