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Alexis de Tocqueville holds political associations an important part of any political party responsible for many of the decisions that they make Political associations undoubtedly influence parties in a multitude of ways The long arm of many political associations reaches to alter or remove current legislation and sometimes works to pass new legislation More often than not political associations are successful in achieving the lofty goals such as these One such association which is no exception to this generalization is the National Rifle Association Established in 1975 it has indeed become one of the main political associations attempting to protect the rights of American citizens with just over 42 million members Through the National Rifle Associations Institute for Legislative Action great majorities of the members write letters to pass or reform current state-level gun control laws and the associations voice makes its thoughts and wishes very apparent through lobbying NRA website The relentless pursuit of every Americans Second Amendment rights through legislation-reform is a direct reflection from Democracy in America Tocquevilles idea that they do not necessarily have Constitutional rights to pass laws but they have the power to attack the one that exists and to formulate in advance the one that should exist is a trademark of the National Rifle Association p 182 Tocqueville also formulates that despite the fact that associations like the National Rifle Association often comprise a very small portion of the population less than 2 in this case political associations often do very well making reforms that may be undesirable to the majority All too often the majority make use of its tyranny in our democracy passing or mindlessly shooting down useful legislation The National Rifle Association does very well to moderate the effect of the massive amounts of gun-control requests and laws that many citizens work to put into place They use the freedom of speech to manifest the gun-control legislation into something favorable to them while Tocqueville
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