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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Despite Widespread Calls For Him to Go, the NRA is Stuck With Nugent
By Frank Smyth, February 16, 2016, The Progressive

Similar to the way NRA bylaws control who gets elected to the board, the same bylaws control how a director may be removed once elected.

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In times of war, Pentagon reserves right to treat journalists like spies
By Frank Smyth, July 31, 2015, Committee to Protect Journalists

The Pentagon has produced its first Department of Defense-wide Law of WarManual and the results are not encouraging for journalists who, the documents state, may be treated as “unprivileged belligerents.”

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“This is War”: How the CIA Justifies Torture
By Frank Smyth, December 12, 2014, The Progressive

A Defense Department spokesman, Marine Captain Jay C. Farrar, said it is “highly doubtful” that these courses of­fered instruction in abusive interrogation techniques. But according to U.S. Army Special Forces advisers formerly stationed in the region, small courses for selected Salvadoran soldiers regularly included training in “negative-incentive” methods.

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The Times Has Finally (Quietly) Outed an NRA-Funded “Independent” Scholar
By Frank Smyth, April 23, 2014,

David Kopel has managed to establish himself as an independent authority on gun policy issues even though he and his Independence Institute have received over $1.42 million including about $175,000 a year over eight years from the NRA.

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This Is Why the NRA Endures
By Frank Smyth, September 18, 2013, The Progressive

Earlier this year, long before this week’s latest tragic shooting at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, one expert after another predicted the gun lobby’s demise. The horrific massacre of mostly first-grade children in Newtown, Connecticut, seemed to have changed the nation’s views of guns. President Obama and Congressional leaders promised action in Washington. Governors in

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Gun lobby: Who got elected to the NRA board?
By Frank Smyth, August 19, 2013, MSNBC

This year’s gun lobby board election brought a few surprises, as the National Rifle Association has been trying to keep the results (and the low voter turnout) quiet. George K. Kollitides II is the founder and CEO of Freedom Group, America’s largest and most profitable firearms consortium. One of the company’s products is the Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that was used…

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