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05/04/2013 12:09 am ET

NRA Member Eryn Sepp: Right-Wing Politics Don't Represent All Gun Owners (VIDEO)

After the NRA annual convention kicked off Friday, MSNBC host Chris Hayes discussed how the gun lobbying organization has been embracing conservative issues that have nothing to do with guns -- attracting a lot of the same characters as the tea party in the process.

Hayes on his show "All In With Chris Hayes," asked NRA member Eryn Sepp, who works for the liberal Center For American Progress think tank, how she feels the NRA has changed in response to the national debate over gun control.

Sepp called for dialogue between gun owners and gun control advocates, and argued that they have more common ground than the current debate might suggest.

"The so-called gun culture isn't necessarily a culture that's reflective of me or the other gun owners I know," Sepp said. "It's turned into this culture of fear that they're going to take away our guns, and that's simply not true."

Sepp said that valuing the Second Amendment isn't incompatible with supporting reasonable gun control measures.

"I see websites like StopTheNRA.com coming out, and I think to myself, 'Hey, wait a minute, I'm the NRA. I want common sense background checks. I want my well-regulated militia as written in the Second Amendment. Don't try to stop me!'"

Hayes asked her what she would say to NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre about the direction the organization has taken.

"We are supposed to be a non-profit, non-partisan organization," Sepp answered. "What happened?"

For the full segment from Friday's edition of "All In With Chris Hayes," click here.

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