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I first learned about the National Rifle Association from Michael Moore's documentary Bowling for Columbine. It was an uncomfortable introduction that involved a salty confrontation with former NRA president Charlton Heston. Now Richard Feldman, a former top lobbyist for the NRA, has written a book called Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist. This expose leaves nothing uncovered, as it delves into the inner workings of one of the nation's most powerful lobby groups. Some facts that surprised me: between 80 and 100 million Americans own guns, NRA membership soared after the shootings at Columbine, and Bill Clinton received an "A" grade from the NRA. Today's segment is not a debate about gun control. It's an exploration of the policies, tactics, and goals of the NRA. So if you're a gun owner that believes in second amendment rights, does the NRA represent your interests?