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moncler outlet online We’re enormously lucky that Zamudio, without formal training, made the right split second decisions. We can’t count on that the next time some nut job starts shooting. I hope Arizona does train lawmakers and their aides in the proper use of firearms. I hope they remember this training if they bring guns to constituent meetings. moncler outlet online But mostly, I hope they don’t bring them. moncler outlet online

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