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NRA's agenda is not good for US

While running for the state House from District 35 in 2014 and 2016, the NRA sent me questionnaires. I agreed with them on "all" but one issue — "assault rifles." They gave me a failing grade for my answers on the first one. I didn't waste my time on the second one.

Who are these people? Do they really represent their core members concerns? They may be a bunch of overpaid bullies with hidden agendas. With all the good they claim to do, I give them a failing grade for endangering our human rights. No other country (not even Mexico) has near the problem we have with assault rifles. Guess why. They see that protecting their citizens outweighs the fascination of an "old-west" mentality, especially since modern firearms have become ultra-efficient. We've become so paranoid over this issue that propaganda is now the norm. It must stop before pre-emptive solutions become the norm.

Incidentally, Russia has gun control and loves that we don't. Every "bawn-jur" story they flood us with divides us all the more. As a free society, we are easy targets for totalitarians. Wake up America and know thy real enemy.

Dave Freytag

Rapid City

Trump is the me-first president

Donald Trump's latest whopper of a lie was that he would have run unarmed into the Florida school where a massacre was taking place by a young man armed with an AR-15. On the Howard Stern show, however, he told the truth about himself.

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Donald Trump talked about his extreme distaste for blood. He said, “I’m not good for medical. In other words, if you cut your finger and there's blood pouring out, I'm gone.” An 80-year-old man fell off the stage at a Trump Mar A Lago ball and suffered a severe head wound, and his blood was pouring out on Trump's "beautiful marble floor." Although Trump was among the closest to the man on the floor, He turned away and did nothing. He also said, “I didn't even call him later. I'm not good at that."

He is a narcissist who always considers himself first.

Robert Ackerman

Rapid City

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