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Day Twelve – Salt Lake City

by Sam Garber:

After a long overnight drive, we arrived at the JCC in Salt Lake City. We spent several hours hanging out, playing basketball, working out, and some of us even went on a short hike. We were able to see the entire city from the top of the hike, and it was just really refreshing to be outdoors after an overnight bus ride. 

After concluding our time at the JCC, we made our way to the Whole Foods in Salt Lake City for lunch in order to prepare for our meeting with Clark Aposhian. 

Clark is the Chairman of the Board of the USSC, host of Gun Radio Utah, as well as the USSC’s registered lobbyist. Clark talked about the importance of gun rights in America, in addition to the importance of enforcing our current gun laws properly. Furthermore, Clark also opens up the floor for an extremely productive dialogue about what necessary gun control measures should be and how we can move forward with the American gun debate. In all, I think that most of those who didn’t agree with Clark were still compelled by his ability to back up all of his points with statistics, engage with us, and even find common ground with everyone. After our discussion, Clark took us into the range to demonstrate a few different weapons and proper shooting techniques. Regardless of one’s point of view on the gun debate, I think that everyone can agree that meeting with Clark was extremely useful.

 

Next, we made our way to the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where we had a brief discussion about the history of Mormonism in the United States led by Rachel. After, we were taken on a tour through the Tabernacle, where the Mormon Tabernacle choir performs, as well as the Mormon chapel. Our tour guides were from all over the world and gave us a better understanding about the fundamentals of the religion and even gave out free copies of the Book of Mormon to give us the opportunity to learn more.

Finally, we made our way to the Hotel in Salt Lake City for some much needed relaxation. After settling into the hotel, we made our way to Robert’s Restaurant for a good meal to end a busy busy day. After returning from dinner, we relaxed at the hotel and a few of us were fortunate enough to meet Billy’s friend Scott Fried, who will be joining us for the next leg of our journey. Tomorrow, I look forward to going back to one of my favorite places in the country, Zion National Park.