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VOA常速英语新闻:美国步枪协会领导反枪控集会(双语)

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美国步枪协会(NRA)的成员从全国各地赶来参加集会,争取美国宪法第二修正案中规定的携带枪支权利,而据NRA执行副总裁兼CEO维恩·拉皮埃说,目前该权利遇到威胁。“我们从未放弃捍卫我们的权利,以及所有守法枪主的权利。”
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NRA members came from all over the country to rally for the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is under threat, according to NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. "We will never back away from our resolve to defend our rights and the rights of all law-abiding gun owners," he said.
美国步枪协会(NRA)的成员从全国各地赶来参加集会,争取美国宪法第二修正案中规定的携带枪支权利,而据NRA执行副总裁兼CEO维恩·拉皮埃说,目前该权利遇到威胁。“我们从未放弃捍卫我们的权利,以及所有守法枪主的权利。”

This convention comes only weeks after the U.S. Congress rejected a gun control bill prompted by last December's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 small children and six adults.
就在数周前,美国参议院否决了一份枪控提案,该提案是在去年12月康涅狄格州纽镇校园枪击案发生后产生的,有20名儿童和6名成年人在那次枪击案中身亡。

NRA pressure on lawmakers played a role in defeating the bill, and so did Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz. “If you are a violent criminal, we should come down on you like a ton of bricks and, at the same time, we should safeguard the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens," he said.
NRA对议员施加,这对反对议案起到了作用,德克萨斯州共和党议员泰德·克鲁兹也反对该议案。“如果你是一名暴力罪犯,我们就会会不依不饶,同时,我们应该捍卫守法公民的宪法权利。”

Most of the more than 70,000 people here for this convention support the NRA leadership in opposing almost all forms of gun control.
在参加集会的7万人中,大多数都支持NRA在反对各种形式枪控斗争中的领导作用。

 词汇解释

1.bear arms 携带武器;以武器装备,配备着武器,扛枪

Those who respect civilians and protect them are the good guys, and have the right to bear arms.
那些尊重平民并且保护他们的人们是好样的,并且有权利携带武器。

2.resolve n. 坚决;决定要做的事

This did not shake his resolve.
这事并未动摇他的决心。

3.law-abiding adj. 守法的

We believe that the law should protect decent law-abiding citizens and their property.
我们相信法律会保护正派守法的公民及其财产。

4.come down on 申斥;惩罚;索取

If Douglas came down hard enough on him, Dale would rebel.
如果道格拉斯过于猛烈地抨击他,戴尔将会反击。

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