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Other than moral busybodies posing as politicians, who is more qualified to speak out on gun control issues than actors and athletes?

Right?

In a recent column on the website of “Runner’s World” magazine, track athlete Nick Symmonds called for a ban on handguns and semi-automatic rifles.

“These weapons are made to kill humans and should be strictly limited,” Symmonds proclaimed.

“Nestled on a front page that includes an article on ‘How Pumpkins Can Help Your Running’ and a video titled ‘Power Yoga for Runners,'” as described by the Institute for Legislative Action, Symmonds began with, “I love my Second Amendment right.”

Then again, those who actively seek to strip our rights under the Second Amendment typically start out by telling us how much they love these rights.

In response to the article, the Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying arm of the NRA, wrote:

Symmonds proposes a legislative “compromise” that would “[b]an assault rifles and handguns for everyone except police and military personnel.”  Under his proposal, Symmonds would graciously “allow responsible citizens to own rifles and shotguns,” as “[r]ifles are for big-game animals, [and] shotguns are for birds.”

The Second Amendment has never been about hunting, the response stated, and the article does not consider that firearms have legitimate, constitutionally protected, self-defense applications.

In short, we have to ask why would a runner wade into such tumultuous waters and why would Runners Magazine be so eager to publish it?

“The overwhelmingly negative response Symmonds received in comments to the online version of the article and on its Facebook page also demonstrates that his musings on gun control do not resonate with his current readers,” said the Institute for Legislative Action.

And an October 25th Gallup poll reports that 74 percent of Americans oppose a ban on handguns, the highest level of opposition since Gallup began asking the question in 1959.

Symmonds tried to qualify his concern by touting “his hunting bona fides,” but he may be better off sticking to the track and leaving the field to more qualified spokespersons.

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