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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.