The National Rifle Association partnered with Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz at the start of this year to spew false and alarmist claims about Democrats.

The NRA shared a video of Cruz on Twitter falsely claiming that Democrats wanted to "take your freedom" for wanting assault weapons regulated differently than 18th century muskets.

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first recorded forced arrival of enslaved Africans in the Emancipation Hall of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California, put credit where it was due when asked about the lack of gun control legislation passed through Congress.

When a reporter asked Pelosi if she had regrets about not calling the House back from recess early to tackle gun control in the wake of more mass shootings and acts of White nationalist domestic terrorism she put the reporter in her place reminding her that the House has in fact passed gun control legislation and that her question was better asked of Senate Majority Leader McConnell.

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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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The National Rifle Association (NRA) announced it would be shuttering NRATV, the organization's online video network. While old content will still be accessible on NRATV, no new content will air.

The move comes as the NRA has severed all ties with its former advertising partner, Ackerman McQueen, which operates NRATV. The rogues' gallery of personalities who dutifully rail against common-sense gun control after each mass shooting will also likely no longer be employed by the NRA.

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The National Rifle Association's new president, Carolyn Meadows, is already off to a rocky start after comments about freshman Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-GA).

Meadows said in an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal that McBath, who lost her son Jordan to gun violence in 2012, won because she is a black female:

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President Donald Trump left the White House Friday to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention. The President delivered a speech before the attendees that raised eyebrows and criticism.

One area of contention is Trump's use of the mass shooting in Paris, France to advocate for fewer sensible gun control laws, like universal background checks. Repeating the NRA rhetoric of the "good guy with a gun," Trump claimed if only the "other side" in the Paris mass shooting had one gun, things would have turned out differently.

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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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