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Photo by AP Photo/ Fernando Llano

Anti-government
protesters take
cover in May
2019 as security
forces fire tear
gas to disperse
demonstrators
in Caracas,
Venezuela.

MSNBC Reporter Unwittingly Discovers The
Importance Of The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

S

ometimes even the worst of the media inadvertently
stumbles upon the truth. On April 30, MSNBC reported
that the socialist government of Venezuela was running
over its citizens with armored vehicles.
MSNBC reporter Kerry Sanders, seeking to explain how
the government could oppress the population to this extent,
invoked the disparity of power between the government and
the people.
He noted: "You have to understand, in Venezuela gun
ownership is not something that is open to everybody. So if
the military have the guns, they have the power and as long as
Nicolas Maduro controls the military, he controls the country."
These admissions, however unwitting, were a refreshing
contrast from the usual MSNBC rhetoric that tends to favor
the most far-reaching forms of gun control.

But while the political elite hide behind the guise of
"common-sense gun laws," in reality they believe that they
should be the only ones protected by guns. The rest of the
population, in their view, is not to be trusted.
After years of pushing anti-gun rhetoric, MSNBC
accidentally made one of the most powerful cases for the
Second Amendment-showing that without it law-abiding
citizens will not have the means to protect themselves from
criminals or from the most blatant forms of government
oppression.
The men and women of the NRA have understood this
since 1871.
It's taken MSNBC a while to catch up to the rest of us.
For the people of Venezuela, unfortunately, the lesson
arrived too late.

Photo courtesy Denise Coccia

VS: What was it like performing at this
year's NRA Annual Meetings?

Payton Taylor

is

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RA Country presented lots of great
music to attendees at this year's NRA
Annual Meetings in Indianapolis.
One highlight was multiple performances
by Payton Taylor. The daughter of a retired
Philadelphia police officer, you may have
seen her on the current season of American
Idol. Her single, "American Born" resonates
with fans who proudly have red, white
and blue running through their veins. NRA
Country's Vanessa Shahidi took a few
moments to ask Payton some questions and
get to know her a little better.

PT: I was amazed at the number of families
I saw in Indy. My favorite experience was
when a mother told me she brought her
daughter to the Annual Meetings for
her 10th birthday. To see a mother and
daughter making memories, learning, and
spending time together was priceless. I was
able to surprise them with a pair of tickets
to see Alan Jackson later that night. The
little girl thanked me and said it would be
her first big concert! It's moments like that
you don't forget.
VS: Who taught you how to shoot and
PT: My father won several "sharpshooter"
awards while on the police force. Needless
to say, when I got to the age where I was
going to be on my own, it was time for
us to go to the range for some beginner
lessons. Over the years, we've spent many
hours making memories at the range.
VS: NRA Country is a lifestyle brand
all about hunting, fishing, being proud
to be an American and supporting our
an artist?
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

JULY 2019

PT: My favorite part of touring is getting
to see this country not just from a tour
bus window, but by getting out with
the crowds and hearing the stories
that connect us. Music is one of those
God-given blessings that transcends all
boundaries and brings us back to the
bigger picture of life. To me, getting
outdoors and spending time with my
loved ones grounds me. It's an escape
that reminds me of what is really
important. As an artist, I can only hope
my music can give that same kind feeling.
When I wrote my single "American Born,"
I wanted to capture all of the stories,
people, and places I've had the blessing
of being able to see.
Head to
to be the first to
know about new music, tour dates, videos,
and more.
NRA Country is a lifestyle and a bond
between the country music community
and hard-working Americans everywhere.
It's powered by pride, freedom, love of country,
respect for the military and the responsibilities
of protecting the great American life.
For more information visit nracountry.com,
follow on Twitter @NRACountry, and
NRA_Country on Instagram.

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