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THE N.R.A. SUFFERS A PUBLIC BACKLASH FOR ITS EXTREMISM, BUT THAT IS PRECISELY THE SOURCE OF ITS NEWFOUND STRENGTH

Ray guzman is just the sort of person you'd trust with a gun. Three years ago, after buying a weekend home in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, Guzman decided to take up hunting. But before he bought his 12-gauge Remington shotgun, he enrolled in a National Rifle Association safety course. "I didn't want to be a hypocrite as a firearm owner who doesn't practice firearm safety," he said. But now Guzman, 41, a sign-shop owner, is thinking of quitting the organization. While he supports the N.R.A.'s education programs, he is disturbed that in the midst of public anxiety about antigovernment violence,...

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