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One of the biggest obstacles to getting assault weapons banned in the United States is the amount of money they generate.

There were around 10 million guns manufactured in the U.S. in 2016 of which around 2 million were semiautomatic, assault-style weapons. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry's trade association, the U.S. industry's total economic impact in 2016 alone was $51 billion.

In 2016, the NRA gave over $50 million to buy support from lawmakers. When one considers the tens of millions of dollars spent on commerce and corruption, it's no wonder gun control advocates have an uphill battle.

That, of course, assumes that money can control just about anyone in the equation. However, there are a few brave souls who actually value human life over profit.

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Brave Egyptian Women and Soldiers Rescue Lara Logan from Violent Sexual Assault

Amid the joy of victory in Egypt, CBS News reporter Lara Logan was senselessly attacked by a violent mob.


Though we've done our best to highlight the goodness of the vast majority of Egypt's protesters over the past few weeks, it turns out that a handful of demonstrators turned very ugly on February 11, just hours after Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

According to an official statement today from CBS News, while covering the jubilant crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday night, the veteran reporter Lara Logan and her crew were surrounded by an angry crowd of about 200. Though things were initially safe, the mob soon turned violent, separating Logan from her colleagues and proceeding to inflict what CBS describes as a "brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating." A week prior to her assault, Logan had been held captive by Egyptian police for 24 hours.

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