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Swamp Things: Texas Governor Abbott’s Debt to the Gun Lobby
By Frank Smyth, November 8, 2017, The Progressive

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott is hardly the only elected official to benefit from the gun lobby. But his story reveals how they hide in the swamp,

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Gun Reform Needs Grassroots Activists Not Astroturf
By Frank Smyth, October 29, 2017, The Progressive

Gun Reform Needs Grassroots Activists Not Astroturf Talk of gun reform after the Las Vegas country music massacre has faded within just weeks. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, has made a plea to regulate “bump stocks,” a marginal step, and Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, has introduced gun legislation he predicts will fail. Conservative pundits

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“The Price of Freedom”: For the Gun Lobby, Mass Shootings Cannot Be Avoided
By Frank Smyth, October 21, 2017, The Progressive

“This is the price of freedom,” former, disgraced Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly wrote Monday on his own website hours after the Las Vegas country music concert shooting.

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Four Years after Sandy Hook, the NRA Continues the Arming of America
By Frank Smyth, December 13, 2016, The Progressive

“I don’t think it’s quite game over,” said Jonathan E. Lowy, legal director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “But there are reasons to be concerned.”

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The Dangerous Movement Behind Donald Trump
By Frank Smyth, October 18, 2016, franksmyth.com

It makes sense to worry that Donald Trump’s recent comments about the Second Amendment could encourage an assassination attempt against Hillary Clinton. But, as a long-time follower of the gun-rights movement, I think Trump’s words mean something else.

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Why Trump’s Second Amendment Comments are More Dangerous than You Think
By Frank Smyth, August 11, 2016, The Progressive

Donald Trump seems to be suggesting that some kind of collective act of resistance may be necessary to stop an overreaching government should Clinton win the November election.

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Why Can’t We Do Anything About Guns?
By Frank Smyth, June 21, 2016, The Progressive

The only thing stopping real gun reform in the United States is a paranoid fear that some future, tyrannical regime would seize Americans’ guns and impose a totalitarian state.

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