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It's been two weeks since two horrific mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas resulted in the deaths of 31 people, but Americans' calls for common sense gun reform haven't relented.

This is most recently evident at an Iowa town hall for Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). Ernst, who is up for reelection in 2020, has an A-rating from the National Rifle Association and received a nearly $10 thousand donation during her 2014 senate campaign.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) listens as she meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in her office in the U.S. Capitol, on April 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. In commemoration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance’s 70-year anniversary, Stoltenberg will address a joint session of Congress ahead of a meeting of the alliance's foreign ministers. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to address issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. The law was expanded in 2000, expanded again in 2005 and was reauthorized about every five years since.

This year, the Act again faced reauthorization and adjustments to meet current needs. With the statistics supporting a continuing need for VAWA—especially in marginalized communities—and women comprising over half of the population, most would think reauthorization would be assured.

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ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28: Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the NRA, speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The convention is the largest annual gathering for the NRA's more than 5 million members. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Among the greatest national shames is the United States' mass shooting epidemic. As of November 8th - the 312th day of the year - there had been 307 mass shootings in the country. A majority of Americans support stricter gun laws, but the National Rifle Association, in donating tens of millions of dollars a year to Republican candidates, has kept enough lawmakers at its disposal to halt any meaningful legislation to remedy the problem.

Now, it looks like Americans may finally be wising up.

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DALLAS, TX - MAY 04: NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 4, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. The National Rifle Association's annual meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The National Rifle Association is in dire financial trouble and may "be unable to exist… or pursue its advocacy mission" according to court filings obtained by Rolling Stone on Friday.

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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On March 21, Broward County School District announced changes to school policies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Among those changes was requiring students to use only clear backpacks.

The move came as a security measure after the mass shooting that killed 17 people on February 14. The shooter was not a student at Stoneman Douglas.

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt on Deadline White House (MSNBC)
This kid's not scared. He's not scared of the NRA. He's not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham ... Half the Republican party is hiding under the table, under their bed. They're so scared ... Not these kids, though" ~ Steve Schmidt

In an appearance on the MSNBC program Deadline White House, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt spoke about what it took to eke out an apology from Fox News host and longtime conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham; namely, fearlessness.

And he called out the Republican Party in general and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in particular for lacking it.

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David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez take a moment to be High School seniors and teenagers with a selfie. (@davidhogg111/Twitter)

Gun rights advocates, in an attempt to maintain the status quo at any cost, repeatedly target those  they see as threats to guns. One of their favorite current targets is a 17 year old survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, David Hogg.

Using altered images and easily disproved claims, gun rights proponents and alt-right media outlets, and even a few members of Congress, attempt to discredit the children from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A quick search of Twitter or Facebook shows 17 year old David Hogg as one of the top two targets for their attacks.

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