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An Interview With Duncan Hunter (New 2nd Amendment interview by blogger)
Keyboard and a .45 ^ | 3/20/07 | J.R.

Posted on 03/21/2007 6:12:37 AM PDT by pissant

Representative Duncan Hunter sparked my interest when he announced that he was throwing his hat into the ring and run for president on the GOP ticket. The Duncan Hunter '08 website did an excellent job of defining his core values and beliefs in the areas of the war in Iraq, terrorism, taxes, abortion and the like, but had scant information on his views of gun rights and the Second Amendment.

So what's a blogger to do other than get in contact with his campaign staff and request an interview?

After correspondence back and forth, and a bit of time to allow Representative Hunter's staff to vet both myself and my blog, he agreed.

An interview (via email) with presidential candidate Duncan Hunter.

Thank you for taking the time to answer the following firearm related questions. The Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, and firearms issues in general are not addressed on your campaign web site so folks are interested in your views on these issues.

(DH in quotes)“Thank you for the opportunity to address these vital issues of liberty with you. Our website was put together piece by piece and the Second Amendment statement was one of the later things added. That does not reflect the slightest lack of commitment on my part regarding Second Amendment rights. My record over 26 years in Congress is absolutely clear.”

1. Please state, in your own words, what the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States means to you. Do you understand the right to keep and bear arms to be an individual or a collective right?

“The right to keep and bear arms is an absolute right of Americans to protect their families and their communities and their nation with firearms. In this age of post-911, Americans, I believe are comforted by the fact that our ability to resist terrorism is not limited to law enforcement or defense agencies but is also within the ability of all gun-owning Americans.”

2. There has been a lot of discussion in the media and in the legislature about “Closing the Gun Show Loophole.” What is your definition of a “Gun Show Loophole”, and how would you address this issue?

“I reject the term ‘loophole’. It is a clever verbal device of the left to restrict the rights of Americans. Constitutional rights are not loopholes in governmental regulations. As President, I would veto legislation that would require a background check on private firearms transactions at gun shows or any other bill that restricts the Second Amendment Rights of American.”

3. Representative Carolyn McCarthy has introduced H.B. 1022, the Assault Weapons Ban and law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007. Do you believe that Americans have the right to own, use and carry weapons of military pattern? Do you support restricting a citizen’s access to firearms based upon cosmetics or ease of function?

“As President, I would veto any bill that reauthorizes the semi-auto ban that was sunset in 2004. These types of bills represent “feel good” measures that impede the rights of law-abiding citizens by banning guns based not on facts but based largely upon how scary they look.”

4. In Congress, you represent the great state of California, a state applauded by some and demonized by others for having extremely restrictive gun control laws. Do you understand California’s gun control laws to be a necessary and effective deterrent to violent crime?

“Gun control laws directed at law-abiding citizens are not a crime deterrent. In fact, studies show that private ownership of firearms by Americans reduces crime. You and I both know that the one thing criminals prefer more than any other is unarmed victims.”

5. If you are elected President of the United States, how would your presidency affect firearm owners?

“As President, I will not sign any treaty that impedes, in any way, the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

Only judges who have a demonstrated commitment to interpret the Constitution as our founders intended will be nominated to the federal bench.

I would ask Congress to send me for my signature, legislation to repeal the D.C. gun ban, legislation to allow reciprocity among states with concealed carry rights and other pieces of legislation to restore rights that prior administrations have eroded.

In fact, I authored the Hunter amendment, Rol call 241 in 1999, to allow DC residents to keep and bear arms.”

Representative Hunter; thank you again for taking time out of your busy day to answer these questions and address issues that many Americans see as important. Your voting history on Second Amendment issues is appreciated.

Respectfully,

JR

There it is, Duncan Hunter on the Second Amendment. Since this was an interview, I'll leave my thoughts to myself for the time being.

I am very thankful to Representative Hunter for taking the time to answer these questions. I hope the questions were sufficient to give you information you can use in making a decision in the Republican primaries.


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KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; duncanhunter
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No tapdancing by this man. Hunter is a national treasure.
1 posted on 03/21/2007 6:12:41 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Antoninus; Ultra Sonic 007; WalterSkinner; dirtboy

PING


2 posted on 03/21/2007 6:13:26 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Fierce Allegiance; 230FMJ; abigailsmybaby; afnamvet; Afronaut; airborne; alicewonders; Angelas; ...

Join the "Duncan Hunter for 08'" ping list!
FReepmail Sam Hunter if you have a question for Duncan Hunter!
What are Sam Hunter's answers? Click here for the Weekly Answers Thread, posted every Friday!

Nothing but a straight-shooter.

3 posted on 03/21/2007 6:15:19 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Vote for Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: pissant

“The right to keep and bear arms is an absolute right of Americans to protect their families and their communities and their nation with firearms. In this age of post-911, Americans, I believe are comforted by the fact that our ability to resist terrorism is not limited to law enforcement or defense agencies but is also within the ability of all gun-owning Americans.”
-Duncan Hunter

or

"“Yesterday, President Clinton outlined his proposals for more stringent, federal gun licensing requirements...I applaud the President’s proposals, and I will support them any way I can.”
-Rudy Giuliani

Speech to Citizen's Crime Comission
March 6, 1997

Choose wisely.
4 posted on 03/21/2007 6:34:06 AM PDT by Old_Mil (Duncan Hunter in 2008! A Veteran, A Patriot, A Reagan Republican... http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Old_Mil

Night and day.


5 posted on 03/21/2007 6:37:37 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: pissant; derllak; JB in Whitefish; Cindy

National treasure ping

(well said)


6 posted on 03/21/2007 6:39:05 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: Old_Mil; All

I like your comparison

Is there someone who has a list of items that shows the difference between Guiliani and Hunter on all of the other issues?

I have a rather sizable email political notification list that I would love to send that out on


7 posted on 03/21/2007 6:40:49 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: pissant

awesome answers.


8 posted on 03/21/2007 6:43:01 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (stop repeat offenders - don't re-elect them!)
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To: Leatherneck_MT; flashbunny; Ultra Sonic 007; Old_Mil; AuntB; Antoninus

Everyone probably has an archive of some quotes. Old Mil, auntB, flashbunny, etc. It would be good to collectively work on getting a list together with side by side quotes on the various issues. Guns, PBA, abortion in general, freedom, crime, illegal immigration, war, etc.


9 posted on 03/21/2007 6:47:59 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Old_Mil; Joe Brower; DaveLoneRanger

Compare these two quotes.

Any sensible supporter of the 2nd Amendment would never support Rudy.


10 posted on 03/21/2007 6:50:25 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Vote for Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: pissant

That would certainly help if we had something like that to send out.


11 posted on 03/21/2007 6:50:47 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: pissant

One thing you have to say about the guy is he doesn't tap dance around the issues - mainly because he doesn't have to.

Just a few minutes ago I was told by a rudybooster that rudy "understands" the 2nd amendment - that's basically all they can say on the issue, because anything else would expose his anti-gun ways.


12 posted on 03/21/2007 6:54:12 AM PDT by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! See Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: Leatherneck_MT; flashbunny; Ultra Sonic 007; Old_Mil; AuntB; Antoninus

I agree, but it should be done well, with links and dates


13 posted on 03/21/2007 6:55:15 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: flashbunny

Even some of the Rudy fans here know his 2nd amendment understanding is abysmal. They don't care because, by golly, he's the only one (no military experience whatsoever withstanding) qualified to be CIC.


14 posted on 03/21/2007 6:56:59 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: pissant

Rudy was performing a duty too vital to the country to be drafted. Damnit, nobody could have law clerked like rudy law clerked - he was a machine!!!!


15 posted on 03/21/2007 6:59:21 AM PDT by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! See Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: flashbunny

I'm not going to question Rudy missing out on military service. But I'm also not going to pretend he's the best guy to run our war machine.


16 posted on 03/21/2007 7:02:58 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; harpseal; TexasCowboy; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; wku man; ...
"Any sensible supporter of the 2nd Amendment would never support Rudy."

I concur 100%.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

17 posted on 03/21/2007 7:05:59 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have two speeds: "graze" and "stampede".)
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To: pissant

Excellent interview. And for those who want to support this good man go to http://www.gohunter08.com


18 posted on 03/21/2007 7:09:53 AM PDT by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. IN 2008)
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To: Old_Mil; pissant
Thanks - I now have quotes for two new cards!


19 posted on 03/21/2007 7:14:55 AM PDT by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! See Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: All; pissant

As an aside regarding Duncan Hunter, Hunter was on Laura Ingraham's show yesterday, and Laura said how her audience loved him.

When conservatives KNOW Duncan Hunter, they LOVE Duncan Hunter.


20 posted on 03/21/2007 7:17:24 AM PDT by Sun (Vote for Duncan Hunter in the primaries. See you there.)
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To: Sun

Indeed they do.


21 posted on 03/21/2007 7:19:45 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: pissant
DH is the man for the job. He will make an excellent President to lead this country.

BTTT

22 posted on 03/21/2007 7:24:16 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Rudy: When you absolutely,positively need a liberal for President.)
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To: beltfed308

Keyword Bang List added.


23 posted on 03/21/2007 7:25:32 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Rudy: When you absolutely,positively need a liberal for President.)
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To: pissant

Well, that's a winner for me.


24 posted on 03/21/2007 7:35:19 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: pissant
“The right to keep and bear arms is an absolute right of Americans to protect their families and their communities and their nation with firearms. In this age of post-911, Americans, I believe are comforted by the fact that our ability to resist terrorism is not limited to law enforcement or defense agencies but is also within the ability of all gun-owning Americans.”

Excellent. Exactly what I want to hear from a Presidential candidate.

Rudy? Mitt? John? Are you RINO's listening? This is what a real conservative sounds like...

25 posted on 03/21/2007 7:39:42 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: pissant

Hunter is the best of the best.

He NEEDS more coverage - but the leftist media is squeezing him out.

They WANT Americans to be able to choose only between Hillery Clinton and Democrat Light Rudy Giuliani.

Duncan Hunter opposes EVERYTHING the leftwing media, Hollywood establishment, anti-gun fanatics, gay-rights nutjobs, RINOS, Rockefeller Republicans and illegal alien sanctuarists hold near and dear.


26 posted on 03/21/2007 7:44:29 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Rudy? Mitt? John? Are you RINO's listening?

The three stooges are NOT listening to anyone except liberals like themselves.

This is what a real conservative sounds like...

Yep. I wonder what the reigning King George II's response to these questions would be.

27 posted on 03/21/2007 7:55:01 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: ZULU
and Democrat Light Rudy Giuliani

I wouldn't call Julie Annie "Democrat light." His positions are mostly the SAME as hillary's he said so himself. I'd just call him the other spelling of Democrat.

28 posted on 03/21/2007 7:58:08 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: pissant

Short, simple, constitutional. SWEET! I love it.


29 posted on 03/21/2007 8:19:24 AM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: pissant
Duncan Hunter in a Podcast interview where he discusses his 2nd Amendment position:

Podcast Interview

30 posted on 03/21/2007 8:22:45 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( ..when there is any conflict between God and Caesar -- guess who loses?)
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To: from occupied ga

JulieAnnie is a definite problem.

He is ahead of Mitty and McLame right now.

I support Hunter first, but would also support Thompson or Gingrich, but JulieAnnie and the other two would drive me to a third party. They will never get my vote unless they made radical about faces and even then I wouldn't trust them.


31 posted on 03/21/2007 8:43:46 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: pissant; Joe Brower
“As President, I will not sign any treaty that impedes, in any way, the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

If everything the interviewer said is posted, Hunter was not asked this question, but voluntarily took the opportunity to slam the UN. This is very positive.

32 posted on 03/21/2007 8:56:05 AM PDT by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20, Eze 22:26)
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To: ZULU
Hmm... straight-shooting from Duncan Hunter.

Duncan Hunter for President!

Now, if we can only convince Dick Cheney to run for VP again. That would really stick it to the MSM. :D

33 posted on 03/21/2007 8:58:09 AM PDT by Frohickey
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To: kerryusama04

Yes. Hunter is not a UN fan.


34 posted on 03/21/2007 9:10:54 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: from occupied ga
I wonder what the reigning King George II's response to these questions would be.

He'd try and come up with a "bi-partisan" solution to the problem.

35 posted on 03/21/2007 9:25:04 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: pissant
This is great! I wish I knew how to post a POLL here on FR in the sidebar. I'd like to know how Hunter would stack up against: Fred Thompson; Newt Gingrich; Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo. That's all. Can somebody figure that out and post it?
36 posted on 03/21/2007 10:11:03 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: ExSoldier

Before Thompson was rumored, Hunter was neck in neck with Newt for 1st place in the FR poll. My guess is thompson would draw equally from Rudy, Hunter, and Newt fans.


37 posted on 03/21/2007 10:13:43 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: pissant

BUMP


38 posted on 03/21/2007 10:14:43 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Leatherneck_MT
There is a table at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1788385/posts?page=47#47 -- it doesn't compare Giuliani to Hunter, but it shows Giuliani compared to Clinton and to the party platforms. Quite eye-opening (except to Rudybots, of course). HTH
39 posted on 03/21/2007 10:46:24 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: pissant

Hunter is a national treasure.

**
I second that.


40 posted on 03/21/2007 10:57:14 AM PDT by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe; pissant

Most Rudy supporters are Republicans who are more interested in getting their party back into power than to find someone who is actually willing to stand up and do what is right.

That's my observed opinion.


41 posted on 03/21/2007 11:12:54 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: Leatherneck_MT

There is vast chasm between those who consider themselves conservatives first and those who fancy themselves republicans first.


42 posted on 03/21/2007 11:15:14 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: pissant

Amen brother, Amen


43 posted on 03/21/2007 11:18:50 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; AlwaysFree; ...
“As President, I will not sign any treaty that impedes, in any way, the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

Only judges who have a demonstrated commitment to interpret the Constitution as our founders intended will be nominated to the federal bench.

I would ask Congress to send me for my signature, legislation to repeal the D.C. gun ban, legislation to allow reciprocity among states with concealed carry rights and other pieces of legislation to restore rights that prior administrations have eroded.

In fact, I authored the Hunter amendment, Rol call 241 in 1999, to allow DC residents to keep and bear arms.”

44 posted on 03/21/2007 12:03:10 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: pissant

Would Hunter sign/support legislation repealing the '34, '68 '87 gun control acts and reverse (on day one) the executive order banning the importation of certain "assault weapons".


45 posted on 03/21/2007 12:18:49 PM PDT by Durus ("Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." JFK)
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To: Durus
Would Hunter sign/support legislation repealing the '34, '68 '87 gun control acts and reverse (on day one) the executive order banning the importation of certain "assault weapons".

He answered that(pretty much) in the interview... "I would ask Congress to send me for my signature, legislation to repeal the D.C. gun ban, legislation to allow reciprocity among states with concealed carry rights and other pieces of legislation to restore rights that prior administrations have eroded."
46 posted on 03/21/2007 12:44:12 PM PDT by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Duncan Hunter is a breath of fresh air with his "straight with no chaser" answers!!


47 posted on 03/21/2007 2:39:44 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Joe Brower
"Any sensible supporter of the 2nd Amendment would never support Rudy." I concur 100%.

Well, I'd support him as mayor of NYC...but that's only because the city is so messed up that there's little bad he'd do that isn't already being done (even more true when Dinkins was Mayor). He was worlds of improvement over what was going on then, and the city government thoroughly needed some elbows thrown around. That said, he's inappropriate for Presidential office.

48 posted on 03/21/2007 3:05:16 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: pissant

BTTT


49 posted on 03/21/2007 4:11:09 PM PDT by JDoutrider (I'm putting my money on the longshot! Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Leatherneck_MT
Most Rudy supporters are Republicans who are more interested in getting their party back into power than to find someone who is actually willing to stand up and do what is right. That's my observed opinion.

You are 100% right about that. Some on here will blast you for what you said. However, wheat you said is the truth. We need to elect a conservative- not a RINO like Rudy.
50 posted on 03/21/2007 6:07:57 PM PDT by BigTom85 (Proud Gun Owner and Member of NRA)
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