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Conservative Spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association Dana Loesch railed against 2020 Presidential candidate and current Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on NRA TV.

Loesch insisted that Harris is a "socialist" and an "existential threat" to the right of Americans to bear arms.

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Senator Joe Manchin appears in a new campaign ad. (Joe Manchin/YouTube)

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia returned to a familiar theme in a new campaign ad. In it, Manchin totes a shotgun out to a field and takes aim at something he says will hurt the people of West Virginia.

The target? A lawsuit filed by the Justice Department and a cadre of Republican Attorneys General from 20 states. Among them are Manchin's opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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Paul Bastean, owner of the Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center in St Peters, Missouri, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Ferguson, arranges a rack of handguns on November 26, 2014. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

In the wake of numerous mass shootings of 2017 and the growing cultural divide in the United States, one study sought to understand the meaning behind guns to their owners. Researchers discovered white men often see guns as a mechanism of empowerment when confronted with economic plight. This subgroup of gun owners tends to carry a particular set of values and policy positions, including insurrectionist tendencies, worth further study.

White men with financial concerns feel empowered by guns

F. Carson Mencken and Paul Froese, professors of sociology from Baylor University, published their study “Gun Culture in Action,” in the journal Social Problems. They used data from the Baylor Religion Survey 2014, to create a “gun empowerment scale.” Through survey questions surrounding gun owners’ feelings about guns, Mencken and Froese sought to assess their emotional and moral attachments to firearms.

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AUSTIN, TX - AUGUST 26: (L-R) Musicians Caleb Keeter, James Hertless, Josh Abbott, Edward Villanueva, Austin Davis, and Preston Wait of Josh Abbott Band perform in concert at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on August 26, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage / Getty Images)

After Sunday's attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Caleb Keeter of the Josh Abbott Band had a change of heart regarding gun control and the 2nd Amendment.

Keeter is a guitarist in the band. They played at the country music festival attacked by a gunman from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort.

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