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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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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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The Legacy of Berta Cáceres: What Environmentalists Can Learn From Human Rights Groups
By Frank Smyth, July 19, 2016, Philanthropy News Digest

Does anyone doubt a link between the work of frontline environmentalists and global warming? Yet how many activists, let alone the public, are aware of the rising murder toll of local environmental activists?

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Cat Scratch Fever—Is Ted Nugent’s Racism Too Much for Republicans?
By Frank Smyth, February 10, 2016, The Progressive

How will the NRA respond to Nugent’s anti-Semitic rant? The NRA’s polished leadership has long walked a fine line between extremism and respectability.

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One Year After Sandy Hook, Shooting is Still a Family Sport
By Frank Smyth, December 13, 2013, The Progressive

What was the mother of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter thinking over a year ago? Trying to find a way to somehow help her clearly troubled youngest son. Gun culture is often associated with red states…

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Al Sharpton Targeted by Zombie Gun Product?
By Frank Smyth, June 28, 2013, The Progressive

“Poor Al he was a Sharp guy,” begins the description of a gun target firm’s newest “Life-Sized Tactical Mannequin Target.” With a dark skin tone and features that seem to resemble the civil rights figure and MSNBC cable news host Rev. Al Sharpton, the Zombie-looking gun target called “Al Zombie”comes with the disclaimer…

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