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Article published January 24, 2014

NRA puts Butler, mayor in spotlight with video



The pistol carried by Butler’s new mayor has caught the attention of more than just city residents.
Mayor Tom Donaldson, who often carries his .45-caliber Magnum on his side, is the focus of a National Rifle Association video promoting gun rights.
The more than 8-minute video attributed Donaldson’s support for gun rights to his election victory in November.
“What you’re seeing is people standing up for what they believe in,” said Ginny Simone, who made the video for NRANews.com and the website’s YouTube channel.
The NRA took interest in the city’s election because former Mayor Maggie Stock was a member of the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
The NRA, which says the mayors group threatens the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, mailed a flier and made automated phone calls to NRA members in the city last year campaigning votes for Donaldson.
Donaldson, who is not a member of the NRA, said he appreciated the support from the organization.
“They put their own money in it,” he said. “It’s very much appreciated. It got me some votes.”



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