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College Repub­licans met Wednesday night to hear from Suzanne Anglewicz, a rep­re­sen­tative from National Rifle Asso­ci­ation Uni­versity talk about the state of the National Rifle Asso­ci­ation in American culture, history, and pol­itics.

Anglewicz has a passion for edu­cating people on gun rights and the mis­con­cep­tions sur­rounding the NRA’s message. She gave a short history of the NRA and its func­tions, clar­i­fying many mis­con­cep­tions held by college stu­dents and cit­izens around the United States.

“One of the things we are dealing with right now is we don’t under­stand terms, and we don’t under­stand how firearms work,” Anglewicz said. “Politi­cians have absolutely no clue, and the problem is, you have people without a clue how firearms work making laws for us.”

After giving a short lecture on the problems of orga­ni­za­tions skewing data and sta­tistics to blur the truth, Anglewicz reminded stu­dents to look at the sta­tistics and research for them­selves before coming to con­clu­sions.

Anglewicz also dis­cussed assault rifles and their place in modern culture.

“In the last few weeks we’ve heard so many people refer to them [assault rifles] as machine guns, auto­matic rifles, etc.,” Anglewicz said. “When people ask me ‘why do you need an assault rifle?’ I ask them first ‘can you describe to me what one is? Ninety-nine percent of the time, they will describe a fully auto­matic weapon.’”

Anglewicz fin­ished her talk by offering stu­dents prac­tical ways to get involved with the NRA and gun edu­cation, including job intern­ships and NRA Col­le­giate Coalition, a new orga­ni­zation forming to serve college stu­dents who want to be more involved.

Senior Brant Cohen said he was inter­ested in the points Anglewicz made, espe­cially in the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas.

“Our Second Amendment is meant to be pro­tected, and if some­thing happens and passion starts to rule over reason, she [Anglewicz] and the NRA are able to provide all those insti­tu­tions that are able to support it and not be an enemy,” Cohen said. “This talk armed us with a better under­standing of the more activist rep­re­sen­tation of the gun control.”  

Junior Ross Hatley, pres­ident of Hillsdale College Repub­licans, com­mented on the impor­tance of bringing the gun debate to campus.

“We want to provide as many oppor­tu­nities as pos­sible for Hillsdale stu­dents to actually see stacks of policy work, look at what the reality of the sit­u­ation is and actually apply what we are learning here to the envi­ronment of Hillsdale,” Hatley said.